The Dark Horse

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Project by William posted 280 days ago 1452 views 14 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the rocking horse chair. I have built several of these in the past. I was looking at one of my other past projects though and realized that I had only done this project in light colored wood. I thought it would look nice in a darker color. So I stained it with Minwax dark walnut stain.
This one is a really simple project for anyone who wishes to make one. The plans for it can be found here. I can make one, without the finish, in a day. Even for the novice woodworker though, I honestly believe it would only be a weekend project at the most.
The plans have all the parts drawn out in full size patterns. All you do is trace them using carbon paper, or attach straight to the wood if you only plan on making one, and cut the few parts out then assemble it. There are as many ways to attach wood together as there are names you can come up with for your horse. For this type of project though, I like to use Titebond II glue and screws. I countersink the screws, plug the holes, and sand the plugs off flush.


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#1 posted 280 days ago

It’s a real unique rocking chair.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 280 days ago

Oh that looks fun, nice design.

-- -- Tyson

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#3 posted 280 days ago

Now thats cool!
Damn cool.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 280 days ago

William, I really like that design but I’m not sure what you meant when you said “the plans for it can be found here”. Where is here? I want to make a buckskin one (light colored body with a dark mane and tail).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 280 days ago

Very cool William…..good to see you back in the shop….

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#6 posted 280 days ago

It’s tough to keep a good man down….
And you are the proof of that!!!

That is one mighty fine rocker.
(Although, I do like Andy’s idea of a two tone buckskin)

It’s good to see you doing what you do….
And that is, making very special WW projects!!!

Keep it up…..

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 280 days ago

Very cool rocker!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 280 days ago

Nice work William.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 280 days ago

My deepest apologies Andy. The link apparantly didn’t work. I’ll edit it and fix it. In the meantime though….
and the actual address just in case the link doesn’t work this time either…....


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#10 posted 280 days ago

Thank you all for your kind words.
Andy, thank you for catching the link glitch. I fixed it and I hope you order the plans and build one. This one is a fun project that anyone can do.
Everyone else, again, thank you.
If you have a little one in your lives, order the plans and build one. I make a lot of rocking toys. This one though is by far the easiest of them all.


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#11 posted 280 days ago

Very cool project. Great design.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#12 posted 280 days ago

Some kid is going to love that. Heck, I might like it except I’d never get in and if I did I’d never get out.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#13 posted 280 days ago

Very cool rocker, make one full size with removeable head so old folks can get in and out with ease! Lol

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#14 posted 279 days ago

good to hear your back in the shop some William looks great

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#15 posted 279 days ago

What a wonderful rocking chair/horse. Living on an Island with our Grandkids living on the main land make it very hard to make them larger items like this (the shipping will kill ya) I did make a turtle desk with a seat a few years ago and brought it along on the Airplane wrapped up and put it together at their house…son in law doesn’t have much of a shop but a cordless drill made the job easy.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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