Heirloom Rocking Horse
10: Apply the stain or finish
of your choice. For this project, one coat of stain and two coats
of polyurethane varnish were used.
Step 11: (Optional) Upholster the saddle
(H). Use your bandsaw to cut out and chamfer the top edge of a piece
of 2" thick foam rubber. Then, cut the saddle covering out of leather,
vinyl or cloth. Attach the front edge of the material to the front
of the 3/4" thick saddle board using staples or decorative upholsterer's
tacks. Pull the material back over the foam. Locate the back edge
and insert an upholstery tack strip (available from upholstery shops)
through the covering material. Fold the tack strip under the foam
and pound the tacks by hitting the seat with a rubber mallet. Tack
the sides of the covering material under the saddle and along the
sides. Pleat the material as you go by folding it under and securing
it with upholstery tacks or staples.
12: The mane.
To make the horse's mane, use a skein of rug yarn and unloop it.
Cut it into three equal parts, each about 14" long. Next, take a
piece of 1/2" wide durable tape (reinforced duct tape, etc.) and
lay it out on a flat surface with its sticky side up. Lay the yarn
across the tape and press it down firmly to secure it. For additional
strength, stitch the yarn onto the tape with a sewing machine. After
the yarn is secured to the tape, glue the mane into the head groove.
Use a small stick to force it into the groove. Several small pieces
of wood can be used to wedge the mane in place while the glue dries.
13: The tail.
The tail is made from a single skein of rug yarn, unlooped and cut.
Wrap 2" of one end of this yarn with a section of yard and tie it
securely. This will help the tail stand out from the body. Glue
the tail into place.
14: Eyes and ears. the eyes can be found at most craft shops.
The eyes used on this project have 1/4" stems and are glued into
place with yellow woodworker's glue. Or, if you prefer, the eyes
may simply be painted on.
make the ears, cut four triangles out of soft leather or vinyl.
Put two triangles face-to-face and stitch them together where indicated
in the drawing. Turn them inside-out, fold the bottom corners together
and attach them to the horse's head with small screws.
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