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The rocking-horse maker : nine easy-to-follow projects

A practical manual which sets out to show that, with care, patience and some basic woodworking skills, anyone can make a rocking horse. It includes projects to suit all levels of ability, from a simple plywood hobby horse to a fully-carved dapple grey on bow rockers.
Print Book, English, 1993
David & Charles, Newton Abbot, Devon [England], 1993
159 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
9780715300862, 0715300865
History and hobby-horses - origins of the rocking-horse, making hobby-horses; timber and tools for rocking-horses - choosing timber, working conditions, types of timber, preparing patterns, tools (hand and power), carving in 3D, adhesives and fillers, holding devices; a toddler's rocking-horse - tools, plans and timber, construction, an alternative carved head; the swinger rocking-horse - plans and construction method; the little red rocker - plans and construction method; a small traditional rocking-horse - assembly, carving, glueing and sanding; hoof notches and swing-iron stands - how to mark and cut hoof notches, cutting lists, the construction of swing-iron stands; a small traditional rocking-horse on bow rockers - making bow rockers, fitting the horse to the rockers; medium and large traditional rocking-horses - construction requirements, construction methods; finishing touches and painting carved horses - fitting glass eyes, preparing the neck for the mane, saddle blocks and stirrup staples, gesso, painting and dappling, antique paint, alternative finishes; leather tack and hair for carved horses - saddles, martingale and crupper, bridles, manes and tails; a miniature rocking-horse for a dolls' house - timber, patterns, preparing the body, carving, finishing off, fitting the tack, the mane and tail, the stand; carousel-style horse - marking the patterns, assembly, carving, finishing; restoring old rocking-horses - renovate or patch up?, woodworm, repairs, renewing tack and hair, stands and rockers. Appendixes: woodworking tips - how to sharpen wood-carving gouges, the use of dowel pegs; mail-order suppliers of tools, accessories and fittings.