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Learn How to Build a Classic Wooden Rocking Horse With Our DIY Plan

Starting on a woodwork job as a novice may be a little intimidating in the beginning, but with the right guidance and a proper step-by-step procedures to complete your project, you will save hours or even days of hard work and toiling around. This article will show you how to build your rocking horse using the provided plans.

Some may prefer figuring most things their own way, but following these DIY  instructions, you can save time as well as money. Going to the shop time and again to bring in the things that you had missed out earlier is a waste of time and energy.

To overcome this problem, we have provided you with a list of materials and tools you will need for the completion of your beginner’s woodwork child’s model project.

The Materials You Will Need

As for all kinds of building and woodwork projects, there a few materials you need to sort out for yourself. These are as follows:

  • A power drill (either corded or battery powered, whatever is easier for you to work with)
  • A band saw/a jigsaw/a coping saw (again, whatever works well for you)
  • A router (mounted on a router table)
  • A flush trim router bit
  • A tenon saw (otherwise known as a back saw)
  • A combination square
  • A builder’s square
  • A sliding bevel
  • A smoothing plane
  • Woodworking clamps
  • A piece of dowel (the size of a broom handle)
  • Wiggly eyes (from any local store or craft shop)
  • 400 grit sand paper
  • Templates for the pieces of the rocking horse (optional)
  • Double-sided tape (if you use templates)
  • A horizontal surface for laying out all the cut outs and templates of the different pieces (Could be a table or even the floor).

Other materials include a 10mm wide piece of imitation leather for the bridle, 220 grit sand paper for sanding and smoothing out the edges and little imperfections on the toy horse, and 19mm ¾” project timber pieces.

Getting Started

To begin your work on building a classic rockinghorse, large or small, it is usually less time consuming if you can get templates for the woodwork project. You could download pdf templates, get plans from a wood magazine or our site or other places online. Using these templates gives you a jump start towards the completion of your project.

Also, you should always try using full-size patterns for your templates to be more accurate and professional, at the same time.

Your DIY Plan

We begin our work for the project by selecting 19mm ¾” pieces of project timber, which are easily available in almost all lumber stores or hardware shops.

  • Use the templates as a guide for cutting out the pieces of the rocking horse. Start by attaching the templates to the work pieces with double-sided tape. This discourages the templates from shifting and allows you to obtain perfection while trimming the edges of the pieces.
  • You could also use chalk for marking the sides of the cutouts on the woodwork pieces.
  • Trim the sides or edges of the pieces with a flush trim bit mounted on a router. Be careful not to tear any of the edges.
  • Next, use the smoothing plane to smooth out the edges or corners of the pieces you have just cut out. You have to ensure that there are no rough edges that stick out of the rocking horse, or it could hurt the child playing with the toy.
  • Gather the pieces together and scrutinize them. When you are satisfied, ready them for their assembly.
  • Using one screw, attach a leg so that it can swivel. The sliding bevel can now be used to measure the angle
  • Next, drill a pilot hole for the second screw.
  • Fix in the head of the horse. Then, attach the back leg in the same way as you have attached the front leg.
  • Glue in the infill places. Now, attach the legs to the other side of the body of the rocking horse. You could complete this part of the work by putting your work on a horizontal space. You also have to check that all the pieces are leveled properly, so that the hobby horse doesn’t tilt to one side, but stays balanced.
  • Make the seat in such a way that its height is 500mm. You can also adjust the height of the seat, according to the height of the child that is going to use the rocking horse.
  • Last, but not least you fit in the rocker and then the seat. Again, scrutinize your work. If you feel especially creative or inspired, feel free to adjust the plans and make your own innovative changes to the hobbyhorse.

The Finishing Touches

To complete, as well as give your masterpiece a more sophisticated look, you need to get on with the painting and the final touches.

  • Fill in all the holes in your work, or any existing imperfections, using wood filler or sparkle.
  • After the wood fillings have dried, sand over the entire rocking horse with 220 grit sand paper, and then dust off all the unwanted sand from your project.
  • Put a coat of primer on the rocking horse to make it look shiny and new. Apply the primer as per the instructions that are given on the back of the tin.
  • Give the rocking horse a final sanding with 400 grit sand paper.
  • Finally, apply a coat of your chosen paint over the horse. Do not forget to give it an appealing look. To give it a more finished look, it would be convenient to follow the instructions on the back of the tin of paint. You could go very creative while painting the rocking-horse as per your desires, like a vintage look.

Starting this project as a beginner in woodworking or crafting is an amazing experience. It is especially so when you get to behold your work upon completion. This step-by-step guide to building a rocking horse is not only for your benefit but also for the pure joy of “doing it yourself.” The toy horse could be used for your own child, to suit your own purposes, or could also be used as a choice gift for young parents. Your next project might be stepping up a notch to a carousel or even a carved version! Check out our DIY wood projects for more ideas.