I am starting a project to build a rocking horse for my son. I am following a set of plans from Family Traditions. However, before starting I am already deviating from the plans. The material list calls for 3/4 inch hardwood for the project. I came across an 8/4 piece of ambrosia maple that I quickly decided would be the material for the horse. The saddle and harness will be made from Walnut and the rockers from hard maple that I have not picked up yet. I have not found the wood yet that I will use for the mane and tail trim pieces.
The first day of the project, after pondering how to lay out the pieces and maximize and match the figure of the wood, I rough cut the pieces for the horse using a circular saw, jig saw and a band saw. The 8/4 maple was hard on my little black & decker jig saw, may need another. The maple also saw one broken band saw blade!