|Project by dukeofburl||posted 06-19-2014 05:03 PM||771 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I finally got this horse scooter toy finished for my two year old Granddaughter. My last (and first) post was of her baby cradle which I made two years ago. However, moving from Florida to Georgia, getting settled, and setting up shop (not to mention all of the honey-do’s) took me longer than I expected.
This riding scooter was fun to make, but even for an intermediate woodworker, I found a few parts that were a little challenging. The front wheel assembly is essentially a “box joint” except that the interlocking pieces are not all the same size. Some are 3/4” while others are 1”. Therefore, I could not figure out how to make a fixture/jig which would produce a tight fitting joint. I ultimately used an Incra Precision T-Rule to do a precise layout on the wood and then nibbled away the material a little at a time on the table saw (used clamps to keep fingers away from blade). It was a little time consuming, but produced a consistent result and a tight fitting joint.
The scooter is made from pine and stained with a water base dye (Merlot) from General Finishes. Although you can make this from any wood, pine is very easy to work with. I used 14 separate pieces in making the horse head in order to get the width and thicknesses needed. A 1/8” round over router bit was used to soften all of the edges which also gives “depth” to the horse mane. The horse head is attached via a 3/4” dowel to the front wheel assembly which turns both left and right thanks to a 3” Lazy Susan Bearing mounted between the wheel assembly and the seat.
The plans and hardware for this came from Meisel Wood Hobbies. The plans are very similar to that of a dog scooter which are also sold by Meisel Wood. I previously made 3 of those for other Grandchildren, nieces and nephews, but the horse was more involved because of the number and size of parts for the horse head. The hardware kit includes two axles made from 1/2” fiberglass rod, so this scooter should not wear out any time soon.
Seems like my Granddaughter likes the horse and she has already given it a name. “Henry”