Rocking Horse Build Gallery

This is a photo gallery of a rocking horse I built for my friends new bubby. The design came from

You can find a bit more info about the rocking horse here.

Have you built something similar or another rocking toy? Let me know, I’d love to see some photos too!

A Rocking Horse

This is the only woodworking project I’ve been able to work on for the past few months, a rocking horse for a good friend of mine who has just had her first baby. It really should only have taken a few days, but in between building the shop and working, meh, what can you do? An hour every few days was all I could dedicate to it.

The problem is that Monster doesn't realise it isn't for him!

The problem is that Monster doesn’t realise it isn’t for him!

All finished

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I’m exceedingly happy with the end result. I think it looks lovely, it’s nice and soft to the touch, solid (yep I can ride it), and rocks very well. But yeah, I guess I’m biased. :-) It certainly has it’s faults, the finish for one, but nothing so bad that I’m not happy handing it over.

This was made using my scroll saw, router table and disc / belt sander. The pattern was bought from for around $12; a fantastic investment as I will definitely be making more of these in the near future. I highly recommend, the plans were very clear and straightforward. I toyed with the idea of designing my own horse but I figured that would only drag the project out for longer, I’m very happy with the bought plans.

You can find a gallery of the build photos here, I’ve got plenty of notes on the photos too.

I took lots of photos as I went, but filming wasn’t really an option due to the short periods of time I had to spend working on it. However I’m happy to say that I’m making two more rocking horses soon (of a different design) that I’ll be able to film, after all, I now have a nice bright workshop, be a shame not to take advantage right?

Click the image to view the full gallery

Click the image to view the full gallery

If you’ve never made a rocking horse, you are missing out. It’s a lot of fun to build one and watching a child play on it is just awesome. If you have built one, send me a photo or post it on my facebook page, I’d love to see what you came up with.

“New” doors

A bit of an impulse buy this week.

A diamond in the rough? Don't know about that, but it was cheap!

A diamond in the rough? Don’t know about that, but it was cheap!

I’ve been wondering what I’d do for doors in the shop for a while now. My preference was always two large barn door type dealies that I lovingly handcrafted from….ok that was never really going to happen. Doors like that take time, skill and money. I didn’t want my first foray into the world of door building to be a 2.4m wide feature of the backyard.

So I thought about glass sliding doors instead. While it means the doorway opening is reduced to half the size of the barn door style, it also means they don’t take up any extra room when open. And with the garage mouth being so wide, the opening is still 1.2m, more than a standard doorway.

No door, just a big empty hole where bugs fly in.

No door, just a big empty hole where bugs fly in.

I was pleasantly surprised once I started fitting it into the building, it seems I’ve picked up a few little tricks over the past few months while labouring for a builder. I got the whole assembly in on my own, inside of 30 minutes. The only sticking point, mind the pun, was one of the wheels was broken on the door which made it very hard to slide. I figured this would happen though so a quick trip to the hardware store had it sorted.

Around 20 minutes later.

Around 20 minutes later.

I’m very close to finishing off this renovation now that the door is done. I need to finish installing some lights, do a little bit of plastering around the new doorway and sort out the fireplace, then all the major work is done. Soon enough it will be time to start thinking about building a workbench.

Life is good when you have a Monster on hand to help out :-)

Life is good when you have a Monster on hand to help out :-)

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Chair Rack Build Gallery

Here’s a few photos of the Chair Rack build. There wasn’t a plan beforehand and measurements were made to fit the chairs I have, so I’m not sure that any plans are needed; but let me know if you want some and I’ll put something together.

Do you hang your chairs? Have photos? Feel free to send them through.

Wall Hanging Chair Rack

When I was done framing up the garage I looked at the mountain of construction scraps I had leftover and wondered what I would use them for. Most lengths were between 20cm-40cm (8in-16in), not really long enough to use for a project so most were destined for the fire. But of course, the urge to save money took over and I decided this morning to put some of them to use.

I have a bunch of fold-up chairs in the garage that we use for parties, poker nights, that sort of event. Nine times out of ten they also get loaded in the car and loaned out to family and friends functions as well. The problem’s that on the ground they take up a fair bit of room, when stacked together they are heavy and awkward to move.

After a bit of a think this morning I came up with this hanging rack for them.

Sturdy. Ugly yes, but Sturdy.

Sturdy. Ugly yes, but Sturdy.

Finding enough timber long enough to use was the hardest part but I got there with some creative layout in the end. I only had a couple of hours to myself so it was joined together with the Kreg jig. Ideally I would have used half lap joints to save money and increase the strength, but I wanted the job done fast. These chairs have been sitting outside along with the contents of my garage for the best part of 4 months, it’s time I got to work cleaning up out here.

It may not be the prettiest rack you’ve ever seen, but the price was right. When loaded up with a dozen chairs it’s hard to see the frame anyway. It is very strong and was simple to construct. The chairs are now completely out of the way but at the same time they are easy to access and will never be blocked off. I’ll paint the rack when I get around to painting a few other projects in the shop and I think it will last me for a very long time.

Test fitting the chairs on the floor

Test fitting the chairs on the floor, 3 large bugle headed screws keep it up on the wall.

Ah, shop projects are great. There is no pressure to make them beautiful over functional!

Click here to find a gallery of photos from this build.