|Project by Deela40||posted 04-27-2014 01:08 AM||1633 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
I built this rocking horse for my daughter’s first birthday. She does not feel comfortable enough to vigorously rock it, but she will sit on the horse for a few minutes so she seems to enjoy it. She loved to play with the base before it was fully assembled, as shown in the picture.
The plans were purchased from woodentoy.com. They were a big help and worth the cost. As a plus, there is a free pdf instruction book on the website that goes with the plans. This made the process really easy and went into great detail, including details on finding the best lumber. I especially appreciate the design of the base, which makes it very tough to tip over.
I used 1-1/4” black walnut that was purchased from Masons Mill and Lumber, which was a great resource to find for those in the Houston area. It is a lot cheaper than woodcraft and has a huge selection of hardwood.
There are no screws, as I used only wood glue and maple dowels. It is very study. I have sat on it and I weigh over 215, but it did not make a sound.
The tail is made of jute fiber. It is finished with walnut oil so it will be safe for her to chew on if she chooses.
I purchased a new oscillating spindle sander to use on the curved head, which according to my father in law, means the project was a success.