Toys for my Grandson #1: Jordan's first birthday

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Blog entry by robbi posted 09-18-2007 04:20 PM 1163 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, as some of you know, I have been working on a rocking horse for my grandson’s first birthday. I finally finished it, I will post a picture of it in my projects. I must say, it was quite the challenge. I had a very frustrating day trying to router the pieces to a template, I finally gave up and just cut them on the band saw and sanded them to size. At one point I actually thought, I am not going to be able to do this. And me and my big mouth, I had already told my daughter what I was making, so NOT doing it was not an option. I couldn’t follow the plan completely because it was not clear on a few things. I had a couple of mishaps, when I attached the seat I grabbed the wrong drill bit and made my plug holes to big and ended up having to make my own plugs out of a dowel. I used screws instead of nails to assemble it, I was afraid nails wouldn’t be secure enough. Jordan is a very energetic boy so I worried a lot about the stability of it, but it seems to be fine. I painted it and then put about 5 coats of poly on it so the paint wouldn’t chip off with use. Packing it up to take on the plane was more of a challenge than building it, but after having to pay for an oversize box and trying to then get that box in my daughters car….birthday morning came and he didn’t notice any of the mistakes I made, didn’t complain once about anything. As a matter of fact, he said wotoiahodfvuewjhkehtros, which means….”I love my rocking horse and I want you to live with me because you give me everything I want and my mom and dad don’t give me anything!” Of course I told him, that’s what Nonni is for!

-- Robin, California

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#1 posted 09-18-2007 04:31 PM

Robbi -

I am glad you stuck with it and worked out your difficulties! The rocking horse turned out great. I think every jock can point to some mistake or “detail” on every project – it is part of the process. The real test is your sone and he looks like he is in heaven!


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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 09-18-2007 05:22 PM

I only know of one carpenter that didn’t make a mistake. He died for our sins. Be pleased with yourself, you stuck it out and in the end won big.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-18-2007 07:03 PM

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw and it all becomes worth while :) Precious.

Reminds me of a moment with my 5 year old granddaughter, Rowan, this weekend: (grocery shopping with her aunt and myself and looking for a drink to quench Rowan’s thirst).
“I want that one.” (The blue gatorade?)
“Yes.”. (Here you go then.)
(big grin) “My Mommy doesn’t let me have this—[chuckles] but YOU guys do!!!” [laugh]
(What will Daddy say?) “I think he will be surprised!!”

We bought the drink anyway :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 09-18-2007 09:01 PM

Congrats Robbi … so happy to see you got it done!

I once found a really nice toolbox design … figured I could alter it a bit and make it into a nice deep sea tackle box for one of my uncles. Well, as luck would have it, it turned out to be the nightmare project from hell. I mean if there was a mistake that could be made … I was gonna make it on that project. I was even messing up things I’d done several times before with ease … but around rolled his birthday … so I had to wrap it up as best I could … and get it shipped out to him. I kicked myself in the rear end over that project for several years … until I went back to visit … and of course we went fishing … when we got on the boat and he introduced me to some of the regulars on the boat … everyone said the same thing … is this the one that made that bitchin’ tackle box?

-- Lip's Dysfuncational Firewood Farm, South Bend, IN

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#5 posted 09-21-2007 04:46 PM

Thanks everyone, my daughter tells me that Jordan stays on it a little longer each time, of course when you have an attention span of 2 seconds, even a minutes is a breakthrough. I’m sure the next time I see him he will be jumping on and off of it.
Yes Debbie, I know just what you mean….being a grandma is the best…spoil, spoil, spoil and then give em back!!

-- Robin, California

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 09-22-2007 01:57 AM

I can see it now, between Robbi’s excellent horse and YorkshireStewart’s motorcycle I have about a year to go beyond my jewelry boxes, bowls and pens and into the realm of ride-’em toys for my Grandson Aiden (he’s 31 days old today). Thanks for sharing your project. BTW, I love Jordan’s hair – just makes you want to ruffle it.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 09-16-2008 05:31 AM

beautiful… can i have one too?

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