Showing posts with label rocking horse. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rocking horse. Show all posts

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Even More Gifts From Santa's Workshop

As far as giving enough time to build, we are starting to run out of time for this Xmas. Here are a couple of more children's projects, that might be just the thing for a child this Xmas.

Everyone is familiar with the "Sunset" DIY books. They published hundreds of titles over the last 40 years on every aspect of woodworking projects and home improvements. Here are a couple of projects from one of their volumes titled "Children's Furniture". It was published in 1985.

For the first project, I don't know a child that wouldn't be over the moon, to tuck in at night on this project. This race-car bed is styled after the famous Can-Am racers, and sports some authentic detailing. It's a long project with lots of cuts to complete, but it is not a difficult project to complete. I am sure the time taken will be rewarded with many woops of satisfaction.

The second set of projects today have been visited a number times before. Few children from toddler to the age of 4 or 5 can resist a ride on a rocking horse (or other favorite animal). I have posted a number of plans before, here are a couple more. The lion is a quick easy project, and brings back memories of last Sundays, rocking horse post. The horse is very detailed but surprisingly there is no carving involved, all the cuts can be made on your band saw, even the comfortable looking seat.

I included a page from "Wood" magazine on how to enlarge gridded patterns here. Instructions apply to all gridded patterns, and some may find this useful.

So the Patriots are putting up a good fight so far against the NY Jets today. The Gronk is back, if he manages to play out the rest of the season, the future might be looking up for Brady and the Patriots.

For Canadians they are playing for the Grey Cup later today in Edmonton, Go Ottawa Red-Blacks go.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Gifts From Santa's Workshop

So enjoying Sunday football today, took a few minutes out to get this file up. The first plan is the child's rocking horse revisited. Every child loves a rocking horse, this design by Paul and Marya Butler is different from the usual fair. It is very solidly built and has over-sized rockers for safety and stability. It incorporates some carved elements in the head assembly for that customized look and the manila rope for the mane and tail is a nice solution.

The construction and finish will stand up to outdoor use and still look great indoors. Two children can ride this tough horsey at the same time, for an enjoyable experience.

The plan was posted in Popular Science's 1989 Yearbook.

The second plan today is a great little revolving jib crane designed and built by John Capotosto and posted in Popular Science's 1985 Yearbook. I would have loved playing with one of these when I was a kid, lifting Lego blocks or Meccano parts into place. Standard toy wheels are used throughout. They are readily available from many sources, but of course you can make your own too.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

A Toddler's Rocking-Horse

So the sun didn't last, we are back into a snow storm, to continue into tomorrow. The plan this morning is for a popular toddlers rocking horse. The plan comes from Anthony Dew's great project book "The Rocking-Horse Maker", published by David And Charles in 1993. The plans are for personal use and can not be reproduced for re-sale without the authors permission.

The author has written a number of books on this subject including the restoration of older designs. In this book he goes through the building of nine different projects, from the easy hobby-horse to the advanced, fully carved, Carousel-style horse. The first two or three projects are relatively easy projects, within the reach of even the novice woodworker. Depending upon your degree of patience and skill, the projects get progressively more advanced, culminating in the fully carved carousel-style horse. The advanced carousel-style horse might seem daunting to most woodworkers, but with patience and care, most woodworkers could produce a beautiful piece of nostalgia for their children to pass on to theirs.

A case in point, North Bay had an old water front park carousel, that was in dire need of rebuilding, or suffer the consequence of demolition. A group of local hobby woodworkers got together and agreed to try and reproduce the carved carousel horses, the time taken was not months but years. The result was a beautiful, rebuilt carousel. I suspect Mr. Dew's books were very helpful guides, on their adventure. I will have to get pictures, the next time that I am down that way.

The following plan is a very easy plan to produce. Their are two versions you can try, the silhouette head version, or for a carving experience, the carved head version. The plan is designed to be safer and more convenient for the younger toddler set. It is small enough for the toddler to climb onto without assistance.

The following plan was stitched together from two page scans. I could not remove the shadowy parts of the scans without effecting the quality of the rest of the scan. Excuse the shadow, the stitched together grid plan remains accurate.

Finished pictures of the two versions you can build.

Here is a picture of the advanced, fully carved version, of the Carousel-style horse, mounted on bow rockers. If you want to build it, you need the book, if I got more than a couple requests for it, I would upload it (it's a time consuming scan).

Saturday, February 3, 2018

One For the Woodworker - Rocking Horse

So from "Woodworking Plans And Projects" published by The Guild Of Master Craftsman comes this article on carved rocking horses. Definitely in the class of heirloom, these horses will make the carver/woodworker and the young recipient very happy. Written by Anthony Dew, he has written 3 books on the subject. The latest (written in 1993) "The Rocking-Horse Maker" is published by David And Charles and has step by step plans for nine horses from the easy hobby-horse to the advanced, fully carved, carousel horse.

Click to expand then click again for best view.

I'll post another project from this book next week, if anyone has a preference for one of the listed articles, message me the article and I will include it.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

"Blacksmiths Craft" And "Build A Rocking Horse"

Two books today, one for the smith working on his (or her) smithing skills, and one for the woodworker looking for information on a nice Christmas gift.

The first one "Blacksmiths Craft" was first published in 1952 by the UK's Rural Development Commission. This is an excellent little book for the smith working on developing his skills. Lots of step by step photos for making various hardware, and good info. on equipment and operation of the forge. I liked it so much I printed off a copy, and bound it for the shop. If you are learning the craft this is one you need on your shelf (or storage device).

You can download "Blacksmiths Craft" on my Books - Free Downloads page. #21 - 13 MB - pdf

For the woodworker looking for info on a nice gift for a child or grandchild a rocking horse is always a popular item. " Build An Heirloom Rocking Horse" by John M. Linck is more of a promotional item for the plans available on his site, but it does include complete build documentation as well as info on the history, tools, and methods of building rocking horses. You can buy measured plans from the links at the back of the book. But if you are like me, there is enough info for the resourceful woodworker to build the horse without the measured plans.

You can download "Build An Heirloom Rocking Horse" on my Books - Free Downloads page. #22 - 13 MB - pdf