|Forum topic by RobH||posted 02-29-2008 08:17 PM||5115 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
02-29-2008 08:17 PM
In case you have not noticed, I have way too many irons in my shop fire.
I am supposed to be working on a rocking horse for my sons. I am to the point of doing something about the rockers. I need to get out my router trammel and do some curve cutting for the bunk beds, so I thought I would take care of the rocking horse rocker pattern while I was at it.
The rocking horse plans call for the rockers to be cut out of a plank and then dowels inserted from underneath the rockers to strengthen the short-grain area of the rocker.
Now, I am sure that this will work ok, but I wonder if it would not be better to do a bent lamination for the rockers on the rocking horse. The short grain problem would be gone, and I think it would end up being stronger. What would you do? Second question. If I go with the bent lamination, how much would you deviate from the stated radius of the rocker to account for any springback? I am not sure I need to adjust any. If I remember correctly, the springback on a bent lamination should be little or none.
Thanks for the help here. I am trying to get this done this weekend and need to make up my mind.
-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA