|Project by mavsprophecy||posted 02-02-2014 03:08 AM||836 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
This is a rocking horse I made for my girls for Christmas.
Started from these plans: http://freerockinghorseplans.com/index.htm
My grandpa is a big Western collector and has multiple rooms dedicated to spurs, saddles, etc. Since he knew I was getting into woodworking, he gave me the smallest saddle he had on hand to make the girls a rocking horse. It had been 6 months since he gave it to me, so I knew I needed to make it now or I might not ever.
I upsized the plans by 25% in order to fit the saddle, yet still fit on a 2×12. It is a smaller saddle, but still full size, and would dwarf most kids’ horses. What I didn’t realize is that I was making an actual pony! When it was all put together, I sat on it and rocked some. I was even scared getting up that high, so I knew the 3 year old would be. 10 inches had to come off each leg. This was essentially the knee, so it doesn’t look too much like an accident had happened. Poor horse! But now it rocks perfectly and (more) safely!
I used 2 pieces of 2×12x10 pine for the construction. The top is stained golden oak, the rockers and accents are stained cherry. I set up the cuts on photoshop beforehand and printed it out with posterazor. If anyone wants the pdf, just send me a message. The legs and main body are connected by 3 dowels on the front and 3 on the back going through the body and most of the legs, with everything else glued up. The tail and ears are made from extra leather from my grandpa. The tail is fringe I made and rolled together, and glued into the back.