Heirloom Rocking Horse
1: Getting Started
first step is to make your full-size patterns. There are two ways
you can accomplish this. The first is to follow the drawings provided
and make full-scale patterns for parts A through H. Begin by drawing
1" grids on pieces of cardboard or artist's board and then duplicate
your drawings onto this larger grid. The optional method involves
going to a local copy center and enlarging the patterns provided
here by using a large format, roll-fed copy machine. These machines
typically enlarge up to 400% in a single pass, so you'll have to
make multiple passes to get to the desired dimensions.
drawn (or copied) your patterns, cut them out and trace them onto
a 6-foot and 8-foot length of 2" x 12" stock (we used yellow pine).
Work around any knots or defects in the wood and for maximum strength,
be sure to follow the grain direction indicated by the arrows on
Next, cut your
stock into manageable sized pieces before attempting to cut out
the final shapes with your bandsaw, saber saw or scroll saw. The
saddle (G) can be made from your choice
of 2" x 12" stock, then shaped....or from 3/4" stock (H - not shown)
and then upholstered (see Step 11).
Cut the braces
(J) to size and chamfer the edges using
your Table Saw, Disc Sander or Jointer.
Step 2: Drill
for the handle, eyes and tail where noted in the drawings. Drill
the alignment holes in parts B,C,D,E
& F, as shown. Locate these holes very
carefully since they will be used to align the various parts of
the horse during assembly. Drill the holes for the legs (parts B
& C) from the back, being sure not to
drill all the way through the stock to their front sides.
Step 3: Sand
all contoured parts
using your disc and drum
sanders. Tape the two rockers (A)
together with double-faced
tape and pad sand them together at the same time to be certain
their contours are identical. See Fig. 1.
Step 4: Use
with a Tongue
Cutter to create the 1/4" deep groove in the back of the head
(E) that will accept the rug yarn mane.
See Fig. 2
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