Free Rocking Horse Plans

Searching the internet (as you do) for free rocking horse plans proved to be unsatisfactory, so I decided to make my own design. This simple rocking horse can be made from a single piece of 19mm (3/4 inch) board 280 wide (12 inch) by 3m long (12 feet). You will aslo need a piece of 19mm dowel about 200mm long for the handles. Where I live, it is difficult to get timber of those dimensions without knots, so I opted for two lengths of 3m long 19x140 planks that have been finger jointed. I then butt joined two pieces 450 long to make a piece big enough for the head.

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This rocking horse plan uses 19mm or ¾ inch radiata pine stock that is readily available from your local hardware or timber supplier. There is really no need for expensive machinery such as table saws and thicknessers. This is a very short list of tools that I used. • • • • • • • • A jigsaw is probably the only essential power tool for this project. Using a router and a 6mm round-over bit to round off the sharp edges is quick, but it can be done with a simple sanding block. Two power drill, one corded and the other uncorded. Power Sander, is useful but not absolutely essential. Stanley No. 3 smoothing plane. Tenon saw, also known as a back saw. 6mm wide chisel to cut the groove for the mane. Combination square, one of those tools I use all the time. Copyright 2010

Use this form to contact me if you have any questions. Cut out the parts that make up the legs and the spreader bars across the rockers. This will ensure the rockers will be as symmetrical as possible. copy the outline from the plan by drawing a 50mm (2 inch) grid onto a piece of 3mm MDF or similar. Before actually cutting anything. Next is the body: cut two pieces to the size shown on the plan. Set to one side to allow the glue to set. The two rockers are the longest parts. then carefully cut it out. and I will be happy to answer your questions. Step 3.Step by Step Instructions. If you want to make more than one rocking horse. It is best to round off the edges after the head and body has been assembled after the next few steps. I prefer to make sure everything is going to fit on the stock that I have. Read through the instructions to make sure you understand what needs to be done. Copyright 2010 WoodworkingDownunder. Make a set of two wedges for each leg and glue them in place. Step 2. I made a template of one half of a rocker from a sheet of 3mm MDF board. Trace the outline on one half of the plank and flip it over to trace the other half. so I prefer to start with them. I temporarily fixed the two pieces together with double sided tape when cutting the outline. Step 4. This means measuring out the component parts starting with the largest pieces and making allowance for saw cuts. Begin by butt joining boards together to form a board that is wide enough for the head. Step .

round off the edges except where it is attached to the body. Using a router and round over bit. trace the outline of the head and cut it out using a jigsaw.Step 5. I drilled a series of holes as shown in the photo above. I cleaned up the groove as shown in the photo above. Step 6. which means that I did this step out of sequence. Once the glue has set. Using a tenon saw and a 6mm wide chisel. I suggest that you do this step before attaching the head to the body. To cut the groove for the mane. Copyright 2010 . Note that the photo shows the head and handles already attached to the body.

While the glue is . Step 9. I used the offcuts from the rockers to make spacers for the body as show in this photo. The screws acts as clamps in this instance.Step 6. Sand the rockers smooth and the edges rounded over with a router. The photo above shows the head glued and clamped onto one half of the body. Glue the spacers in place. Cut out the seat and sand the edges smooth and round off the edges with a round-over bit. Mark the position of the spreader bar on the rockers and drill a set of pilot holes. Set to one side to allow the glue to set. Step 8. Apply the glue and assemble the rockers making sure that everything is square. Copyright 2010 WoodworkingDownunder. and then glue the remaining body side in place. I made the rocker assembly. making sure that the back where the seat fits is perpendicular across the top. Step 7.

Step 13. Just make sure there are no sharp edges sticking out. I felt it best to reinforce this as well by glueing two star shapes on either side of the head. checking the angles of the legs. Once the glue has set for the body assembly.Step 10. then re-assemble making minor adjustments before tightening the screws. This will result in what I like to call a J-bolt. First. and painted them black. I felt that the joint between the feet and the rockers will need beefing up. so this is how I did it. I mounted the body assembly on the rocking platform. Making the mane. Last but not least is to attach the handle to the head. I cut the compound angle with a tenon saw. Copyright 2010 WoodworkingDownunder. Attach each leg with one screw each so that the leg is able to swivel. Another way of reinforcing the joint is to buy u-bolts and cut them in half. I prefer to take one leg off at a time to apply the glue. Step 11. Remove the legs marking each one as I go to make sure it goes back to the right place. Put the legs back on and check once more that everything fits properly. This can be a tricky process. it is time to attach the legs to the body and the rocker assembly. so I fashioned a set of “hooves” from scraps to glue on either side. but you may want to use a table saw if you have one. Step 12. I mark the angles formed by the joint between the spreader bars and the bottom of the . Step 14. Now you can bolt them to the inside of the legs with the nut underneath. I drilled a pilot hole at the centre of the top of the leg and where the legs are attached to the body. Tighten the screws holding the legs onto the body and drill two more pilot holes and put two more screws in each leg to secure them in place. With the rocking horse in position on the rocker assembly.

Finishing and painting. Member . We certainly hope you and your family have enjoyed this free rocking horse plan. Link to Toy safety Contact us. and we will post it on this page. Apply more glue and wool as you work your way down the groove. Cut the wool as shown in the photo. I simply drilled a 16mm hole under the tail. Use this form to contact us and send a photo of your rocking horse.To make the mane. Take a few lengths of wool and insert them into the groove with the aid of a thin dowel. For the tail. apply a liberal amount of glue about an inch at a time. I wrapped a ball of wool around a piece of cardboard about 75mm wide and about 400mm long. Paint the horse first before attaching the mane and tail. Privacy Policy. Starting from the top of the head. Return to WoodworkingDownunder Home page Copyright 2010 WoodworkingDownunder. cut some wool to length and glue in place.

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