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Other Woodworking - Rocking Horse

Discussion in 'Photography, Art & Design' started by supermonkey, 5 Feb 2012.

  1. supermonkey

    supermonkey Deal with it

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    I finally completed my most recent project. Our close friends recently had their first child, and I promised them a horse to celebrate. I intended it to be a Christmas present, but time just got away from me.

    I painted the eye with craft paints, and it is painted to match the baby's eyes.

    The horse, mane/tail, and rockers are poplar (stained red mahogany for the body, and natural for the rest). The handle is turned maple harvested from a tree that fell during Hurricane Ike. The horse received 3 coats of polyurethane varnish with a top coat of paste wax. The rockers received 3 coats of tung oil.

    Thanks for looking. :)

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  2. Zurechial

    Zurechial Elitist

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    Wow, that's some beautiful work. All nicely rounded, beveled and safe for children, too!
    Do you work with wood for a living?
     
  3. supermonkey

    supermonkey Deal with it

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    Thanks. I do it purely as a hobby. It helps me clear my mind at the end of the week.
     
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  4. SuicideNeil

    SuicideNeil What's a Dremel?

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    Hell of a job, have rep.

    Ever tried your hand at custom ( air ) rifle stocks?
     
  5. Porkins' Wingman

    Porkins' Wingman Can't touch this

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    Beautiful job, really nicely done. Could maybe do with a cushion for actually sitting on but to look at it's tremendous.

    How do you source your wood?
     
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  6. Splooshiba

    Splooshiba Minimodder

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    rep for beautiful woodwork
     
  7. supermonkey

    supermonkey Deal with it

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    I typically sift through the offerings at the local hardware store to find the straightest and cleanest boards. Since I don't usually work with uncommon species of wood, Home Depot and Lowes generally have what I need. For alternative species of wood, we have a Woodcraft store on the other side of town (about a 35-40 minute drive). They tend to have a good selection of wood.

    The saddle is actually fairly comfortable. It is wide enough to fit a child's bottom, and the edges have a 1/2-inch round-over. A cushion is an interesting idea, though, and would offer a opportunity to incorporate leather-working into the design. Maybe next time. :p
     
  8. kinghong1970

    kinghong1970 Just a Clumsy Ape

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    :D

    great build!

    love how you used the grain of the wood on the horse's nose area... very cool indeed!
     
  9. SilveR_172

    SilveR_172 Minimodder

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    Such a nice bit of craftsmanship and such a nice gesture
     

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