||I wasn't able to find oak parts for my rocking horse
so I decided to try making my own. First I must admit my lathe experience
is quite limited, but I was able to produce some pretty nice looking pieces!
You can too, you will need a lathe of course, with a face plate. We'll
also make a couple of jigs to help size and shape these pieces. Lets look
at the knobs first.
||First I glued up my blocks. They needed to be large enough
to screw to the face plate (that's the jig that lets you turn with out
the tail stock). I started out with 3" blocks. The length of the block
was the diameter of the ball plus extra stock for the face plate mounting
screws, plus 1/8" extra fudge factor.
After laying out the center and the diameter of the ball
(again add a little extra) I used my band saw to cut around my layout lines
and then turn the block sideways and make the shoulder cuts.
||This is a tool I made to help guide me to the correct
shape of my wooden ball. It's made from 1/4" ply. First I cut a 2"
hole with a forstner
bit. Then cut the hole in half. When the stock is in the lathe
you can easily check your progress. I should of taken this pic at the lathe
for clarity, but i think you can get the idea. I made a similar jig for
the smaller ball and for the 3/4" dowel rods.