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Custom Rocking Horse

comments (1) January 9th, 2013 in Reader's Gallery

redbeardedndusty redbeardedndusty, member
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Custom Rocking Horse Full View
This is the original photo that was used to generate the initial shape and plans.
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Rocking Horse Carving Mostly Done
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Custom Rocking Horse Full View

This is the custom rocking horse I designed for my 3 year old daughter. I was unsatisfied with all of the plans I found online and decided to go all out. To generate the plans I found the pictures of a galloping horse from some of the earliest pictures of a quarter horse galoping. I then used that picture to generate flat pannel cutouts and added some personal embellishments to the main and tail. For this horse I cheated a bit and used hardwood plywood laminations to make the body, then carved them with a King Arthur chainsaw bit for the angle grinder. After that it was a LOT of hand work with rhasps, files, and sandpaper. My daughter decided she liked the look of a paint or pinto horse and I used different colored stains to mottle the horse's coat. After a couple coats of polyurethane I had a pretty durable toy that my daughter has had a blast rocking on since christmas.

Design or Plan used: My Own Design - Custom Rocking Horse

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Comments (1)

RWH RWH writes: Beautiful work. Using the plywood is a great idea. How has the horse held up over the last year?
Posted: 7:02 am on March 16th

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