|Forum topic by BentheViking||posted 06-19-2011 05:24 AM||1003 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
06-19-2011 05:24 AM
My friend is having a son in September and I was thinking I would like to make a rocking horse for him. I got to thinking though, and considering we live in Louisiana, I decided it would be much more unique to make a rocking alligator.
I have most of it designed so far, but I am having a hell of a time figuring out how to make the tail. The head and body are both going to be about 15 inches and so I would think the tail should be somewhere similar. I think the body and head will be made from either 1×6 or 1×8. The body will be a rectangular box, roughly square on the ends (so either 5.5 or 7.5 square) and 15 inches long and the top will be hinged to allow for interior storage.
I would like to get something that gives a nice shape to the tail. Essentially I want it to curve and taper from the body to the tail tip. I want more 3Dness than just cutting a rough shape out of a single 1x or 2x. So far my best thought would be a timber and then carving the desired shape. I don’t think laminating pieces would look great once carved and may be more difficult to work with considering my rather limited tool selection. Depending on how beefy this tail ends up being I have no idea how I would like to go about joining the tail to the body.
The project will probably be done with pine that is going to be painted.
This is going to be an awesome project that I am really excited about and hopefully some of ya’ll have some helpful ideas. If you want more info and even some sketches, let me know and I will answer.
-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson