Decided it is time to make a new rocking horse design, well not exactly new, this is a variation of an existing design called Taylor. Scarlet is a little smaller, and is made from recycled maple, which once served as a bed.
My preferred method of construction is to make template patterns using thin MDF and using a pattern cutting bit in a router mounted in a (home made) router table.
I find templates are useful in many ways – it allows me to minimize waste by carefully arranging the templates on the timber before cutting out. Anything left over goes to making smaller toys.
To make the rocker, I use a half template using the method illustrated below. If I was going to make more than one rocking horse, I would use this method for making a full length template.
-- Tony, Australia, http://www.wooden-toy-plans.com/