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Old 03-22-2013, 08:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Kids rocking toy custom project build thread FINISHED

A good friend is having his first baby. He had to leave the motorcycle shop where he worked and go back to plumbing to cover the spread. I wanted to do something nice for him and the baby-boy who is on the way. I decided a rocking toy was the way to go. Searching around on-line I found inspiration in this:



Now, I am making this out of wood - not metal. Also a different scale - parts on the photo convince me it is actually pretty big, and this build will be for a toddler.

Sacrififcial scale rocking toy from garbage:



Layout on some european birch - using it for strength and density



There is Deek helping out on my bandsaw:



Clamp the two pieces up and even them out:



Put a soft bullnose on them:



Test fit the base



NOW, a little frustrated, really not looking like much yet... and I am in about $50 and some time... MCB member Dashhopes was kind enough to send me some parts! Size and scale (of the build, not the parts) being different that what I imagined, I am looking at the fuel gauge




Build a mounting block beveled to match the build, and got it on the press with the appropriate FOrstner bit



LEts see where we are at...



well, not impressive... but I will get some primer on this, as it is all going to be painted



I began woring on the body, the sketching it out was tough, and I really wasn't sure how to go about it... here is where I am at now, finished for tonight. TOmorrow: putty, leather for seat, sand and prime/paint some more... maybe work on handlebars:



now I can actually see some potential, and am feeling a little better...
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Pretty cool build there. Yours looks more comfortable than the inspiration. Subbed to see the finished piece.
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That is sweet. Not a rocking horse... a rocking hog!
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it took me awhile to spot the string holding it in mid air..my initial
thought was Mar is a god, he can levitate rocking horses...
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That is awesome. You may want to consider some sort of brace from the seat to the base to prevent it from breaking. I know I was rough on my toys when I was a kid and probably would have done a bansai jump off the couch or a makeshift fort onto it pretending to make an escape and ride off in style and ended up blatting on the floor with a busted hog, also entertaining but not until many years later. A thin steel rod would work nicely, it wouldn't stand out badly and would add some strength, I do like the floating look for sure.
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add a rubber fist and it becomes MAR's rocking toy
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Put a vee twin motor on there with mayo jars as the heads. That is some dam fine woodworking thou.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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you definitely seem like a good friend.
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That is awesome. You may want to consider some sort of brace from the seat to the base to prevent it from breaking. I know I was rough on my toys when I was a kid and probably would have done a bansai jump off the couch or a makeshift fort onto it pretending to make an escape and ride off in style and ended up blatting on the floor with a busted hog, also entertaining but not until many years later. A thin steel rod would work nicely, it wouldn't stand out badly and would add some strength, I do like the floating look for sure.
I was thinking the same thing.
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Very nice.
Two things you might want to round the top point on the back of the rockers a bit more.
Also depending on hardwood floors or carpeting where the toy would be used more you might want to add some felt to the bottom of the rockers.

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