Rocking Horse Charity Build #1: Part 1

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 10-03-2011 08:20 PM 7138 reads 4 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The rocking horse is a great project for new and experienced woodworkers alike so its perfect for our charity build. The construction is fairly straightforward and requires minimal tools & materials. If you would like to build along, I suggest downloading the plan today while it is still free. You can also download full-size patterns here.

There is a lot of detail in this video! I wanted to make it as approachable as possible for all skill levels so I spend a good deal of time going over proper layout. The “real-time” perspective gives you a much more realistic idea of how a project like this goes together.

<h2>What You’ll Need:</h2>
- A pre-laminated pine board approximately 3/4”T x 20”W x 72”L, or order a kit from Bell Forest Products.
- Short length of 3/4” dowel rod
- 3/4” forstner bit
- Counter-sink bit
- Jigsaw with a fine tooth blade (18-20 TPI)
- Router outfitted with a 1/8” round-over bit
- Sander
- Screws
- Hand Saw
- Square
- Rasp
- Compass
- French curve
- Construction Adhesive
- Spray Adhesive

<h2>How the Charity Works</h2>
For each person who completes a rocking horse (one per person), I am donating $1 to Livestrong. We also have numerous corporate and individual sponsors who are matching my donation. With their help and yours, we are trying to reach our goal of $10,000! If you don’t want to build along you can always donate directly. And if you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please feel free to contact me. 100% of proceeds benefit Livestrong.

When you finish your rocking horse, simply send me a picture and your build will count toward our final tally. All pictures must be submitted by November 14th.

<h2>Our Sponsors</h2>

Special thanks to our individual sponsors: Erik Gilling, Joseph Buscemi, and Jason Small.

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