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I find that over time, when I make these for all the grand kids, they get some movement and cracks. I don't think I can do much about it other than use some of the flexible wood putty in the joints, due to the wood movement compounded with the grain going in different directions. I have 1 more to make yet and welcome your input on it.
 

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How about a simple bevel or ease the edges enough to make it look intentional where the pieces meet?
It is a beautiful work of art you have there, something you must be proud of and your grand children have something to pass down to their children.
 

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it appears that you patterned the pieces with the body features for a nice look. unfortunately the cross graining got you. i would go with the idea above, enhance the joint by easing the edges. nice job by the way!
 

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Geltz 61 let me first say what a fine job you`ve done on the rocking horses first class man ,but, all the stress seems to be on the center of the job the rocking horses that I have seen have the horses legs firmly mortice and tenoned into the rockers maybe something to look at.
 

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Very nice work.I don't think softening the edges will be much help.I would resaw some of the wood for thes particular pieces(since they are small) and laminate them with alternating grain to get the thicknes you need ,then cut them from these blanks.
 
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