Luca's Rocking Air Plane

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Project by Dale J Struhar Sr posted 200 days ago 1189 views 14 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Three years ago my 1st grandson Santino was born and I built him a rocking horse. He is now big enough to ride it. My 2nd grandson Luca was born this past fall. So not wanting to miss building something for him to ride when he was big enough I decided to make a rocking airplane for him. I ordered plans and with my son/Luca’s uncle Daniel we began construction. Being not practically content with the style and construction of the plane, painted accents flat board for a seat, two rear wheels, a box type rocker etc. we collaborated on design revisions. As you can see all the accents are joined and inlaid blood wood. The seat is formed out of marble, blood wood, oak, and wenge. Steering wheel out of oak, blood wood and a bent strip of oak. A tulip propeller with an ebony cone holding it on. Many other changes we also made. The last picture is what the original plane would look like if the plans were followed. We like ours better. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for looking.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#1 posted 200 days ago

Sharp, Dale. He’s going to love it.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 200 days ago

Great looking Plane! Nice work! He’s going to love having that!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 200 days ago

Awesome – so much improvements over what you could buy in a store – he’ll love it!

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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#4 posted 200 days ago

Great project and yes, yours looks much better than the original.

-- J.C.Sellers

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#5 posted 200 days ago

Über cool! Great looking plane for your grandson.

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

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#6 posted 200 days ago

Way cool ,totally unique rocker ,love it.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 200 days ago

He’ll be flyin high on this beauty. Very nicely done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 200 days ago

Wonderful work on this Dale. Your choice of wood combinations was perfect and I’m sure Luca will love the warm wood colors much better than the ones in the plan. Your son’s and your revisions also raised the design to a much higher level. A great gift that your grandson will probably hand down to one of his own children one day.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 200 days ago

These are great, lots of fun here.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 200 days ago

Great looking Rocking Plane, I love the inlaid Bloodwood! Truly a labor of love that will withstand the test of time.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#11 posted 200 days ago

Super job Dale, love the inlays and the detail on the steering wheel. I’ve got to build one of those, where did you get the plans.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#12 posted 200 days ago

Dale, That looks great, like your final outcome way better than the original. Sure it will be enjoyed for many years to come. Reminds me of a great story book Puddle Jumper- How a Toy is Made it is one of my daughter’s favorites. There are so few children’s books that talk about working in the workshop.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 200 days ago

looks great

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Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 200 days ago

That is really Nice! Luca is a very lucky boy!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 200 days ago

Great Job.

Patterns are a place to start from—not end up at!

I like modifications of ppatterns and building new ideas from other ones!

Keep making changes—“the only constant is change: and only change is totally constant:.

-- just rjR

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