Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Motorcycle Rocker of Granddaughter's 2nd Birthday




Motorcycle Rocking Horse
You may have seen this project on my Connie's blog if you follow her.
Crafty home cottage @blogspot.com


 This is what I built my 1st granddaughter 
when she turned 2 years old. 

Following are photos that will take you from plans 
to finished project.


As you may guess,  this project took a lot of time and patience.



I made a base for my router that extended out about a foot to one side.  This way to cut the wheels I was able to screw the router base directly to the wood, turning the router itself into a compassYou can't get an any more perfect circle than that.

To cut out the spokes I had to drill starter holes then insert the scroll saw blade through each hole, cut it, then unclasp the blade, moving to the next holeA little tedious but it was a labor of love.

This project was complicated enough that I had to break it down into many work sessions.


The rockers.



The biggest challenge was getting everything to fit together correctly.


The seat and gas tank are several pieces of wood glued up and then cut to shape.

In the original plans, the handle bars are supported only by the center post.  Not strong enough for these energetic girls, not to mention their play date friends.  So I decided to run the fork tubes clear up to the handle bars.



Notice anyone having fun here?

It was well worth the effort to build something that will be a family heirloom.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.
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40 comments:

  1. This is so cool, awesome detailing on the engine and the rear shocks, nice!

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    1. Thanks Food Dude, it definitely took some time and patience. Your blog is awesome!

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  2. MUCH better than the traditional rocking horse - and your granddaughter obviously loves it!

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    1. Thanks Blogeomah, she really loves it. Thank you for visiting.

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  3. You are such a sweet grandpa . . . I'm so proud of you. I know how many hours you put into this, but most of all I know how much love went into it (from planning to finished, and delivery). Connie OXOXOX

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  4. We have granddaughters too. They are such fun. Nice Harley :)

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    1. Thanks dude, I am stretched between posting woodworking and food. I'm thinking I will post food this next time. Thank you so much for stopping in at my blog. HAPPY COOKING!!!

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  5. Hi Steve,

    The 'Motorcycle Rocker' is the cutest rocker I've ever seen! It’s fantastic!!! You’re a very sweet grandpa. I'm sure your grandchildren adore you :) Super cute picture of your granddaughter enjoying the bike.

    Your wife Connie is a special lady :) She comes by my blog quite often and always has the nicest things to say.

    Dee

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    1. Thank you Dee, I am enjoying this blogging thing a lot. And you are right, Connie is so special its hard to find words. She is my best friend!

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  6. Amazing! I love the picture of your granddaughter on it! She looks so happy.

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    1. Hi Kev, thanks for the kind words. Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog.

      Steve.

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  7. Well what a lucky grand daughter! And you can see she thinks so too! My hubby was most impressed and says what a novel idea:) bye for now Jane

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    1. Hi Jane, nice to hear from you. Woodworking can be so very rewarding. Love your recipes!

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  8. Wow, that is incredible! It looks like she loves it! You are a great Grandpa! :)

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    1. Thank you Jessica, those little darlings are my inspiration to build cool things.

      Love your blog!!

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  9. I am SO impressed! You are quite the woodworker for sure...how special you are making things to last...longer than you yourself...for your precious grandchildren. Enjoy a great weekend and be careful with all those saws! =)

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comments. I will definitely be careful with the saws.

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  10. Wow! This motor-rocker is a wonderful toy for a special child and a family heirloom forever! I loved seeing the step-by-step process... You certainly improved on the original plans with the extra-strength support for the handlebars.

    We have been cooking on Green Eggs since my dad got an early one perhaps 30 years ago? We are on our second, the first being called "the Green Egg that is red." The table you made is just perfect!

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    1. Thank you Genie for such kind words. I am new to blogging and it is a real thrill to hear from people all over the world! I will be checking out your blog frequently.
      Happy cooking!

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  11. Oh My GOD!!!! At first I was SO IMPRESSED watching you making all these pieces... I could not believe your work and your patience...
    Then I saw the LUCKIEST GIRL ON EARTH riding her motorcycle at the "ripe" age of TWO!!!!!
    LOL!!! You are AMAZING!!!!
    NO wonder Connie is so happy! This was truly a labor of LOVE to your family!
    I am sure they will cherish is for generations to come!!!

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    1. You don't know how much your kind words do for me. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I will be checking out your blog frequently.

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    2. Hi, Steve!!!
      People keep repinning your bike on my Pinterest!
      Well deserved!!!!

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  12. God has BLESSED you with a wonderful talent! and has BLESSED Connie with a wonderful husband! Your grandchildren are Blessed with BEAUTIFUL GRANDPARENTS! From one sweetie to another.....Roxie

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    1. Thank you so much for the wonderful comments. We love life and we love the Lord Jesus. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

      Steve

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  13. Wow that is one blessed granddaughter!
    Great blog you have here!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I love making new friends and exploring all the different things that people create. Thanks for the kind words. Steve

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  14. Wow! That is absolutely fantastic! You can really tell that time and effort and most of all love was put into this. Amazing!

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    1. Thanks Shirley! I will be stopping by your blog to check it out.

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  15. What a cute little girl! You are very talented with wood! Have a fantastic week!

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    1. Hi Serena, Grandkids are great inspiration for being creative. I can't wait to check out your blog.

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  16. Wow - I just showed this to The Fisherman aka my husband... he loves woodworking and has done many projects around our place including building 3 cedar strip canoes! Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back :-) Your granddaughter is a cutie!!

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    1. Hi Deb, thanks for the kind words. And thank you for following my blog. I will be checking yours out right now. Steve

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  17. Thanks for stopping by my page. This is so awesome! It looks like your granddaughter loves it. I a now following you!

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    1. Hi Alyssa, so nice to have you following my blog. I can't seem to find how to get on your blog. Have a happy day!

      Steve

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  18. Wow! That is a work of art! I'm enjoying your blog so much! I'm definitely going to start following your blog. Can't wait to see what other things you create.

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  19. love it, where can I get the plans to make this for the grandkids in my life?

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  20. how do I get plans for the rocker thank you azjin@npgcable.com

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  21. Amazing work. Where did yo get the plans?

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