This project was started by accident. I was walking around the local big box store and I found a round furniture leg that screws into the bottom of a couch or sofa. The gears started spinning and I thought about the growing pile of scrap wood I had in my workshop. Then it hit me: A Hobby Horse. A Stick Horse. Whatever the name, it was perfect for the bottom of the dowel.
This build literally started from the purchase of this furniture peg. I removed the screw and pulled out some of the scrap red wood and built the base. The “wheel” is actually just held in place with a dowel, no glue was needed. I had a left over dowel that was about 3’ long from the rocking horse. The head is exactly the same as the build for the rocking horse, but I essentially chopped it around the neck area. The eyes are cut left over Shaker pegs. I enlisted the wife’s help with the mane again. I consulted the wife for the finish. We thought a contrasting color to the rocking horse would look good. It was finished with left over red Mahogany used on both the bed and the previous rocking horse. The ears were made from leather strips, just as the rocking horse was.
This project cost me $5.00. It was all from scrap wood. If that was all in account, it probably cost near $70 in wood. It was really easy to make. It gets used too, which makes me happy!
I’m pleased with how it came out. I wish I had finished it the same color as the rocking horse, I think the red mahogany is a little too dark.