Rocking Horse you can build!

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Project by Randy Sharp posted 03-14-2014 02:57 PM 7136 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This rocking horse design seems to be a staple among a lot of Lumberjocks.

The U-Bild plans were purchased online from Lowe’s for a thrifty $7.11, almost half the cost of any competitor.

Construction Notes:
The plans are dated, my best guess would be from the 1970’s. However, they are complete and easy to follow. A drafting friend of mine made multiple copies for me because the full-size patterns are on both sides of the paper and I wanted to create hardboard templates for future and multiple builds (I built two initially).

The project took about 20 hours (for two).

Helping Tips for your build
Leg flare pieces – The plans call for cutting and gluing small strips together to create the leg flares. With today’s equipment, I made a small jig and used a bandsaw to create a solid piece with the angled cut. I saved a lot of time doing this.

Mane and tail
Rather than yarn, I bought a cotton mop replacement head at Walmart. I liked the heavy, thicker material. I followed the plans for the mane.

For the tail, I used a short piece of one inch (inside diameter) PVC and gathered enough mop strings to fit tightly inside the pipe. I ran the strings through the pipe, leaving the last two inches exposed. After saturating the end strings with wood glue, I pulled the material just inside the pipe and let it dry to shape for two days.

Then, it was simple to pull the glued “round” out of the pipe and let it finish drying. I used my bandsaw to cut the glued portion to one inch long. With a one inch Fortsner bit, I drilled the hole for the tail and glued the tail in place. After the glue dried, it was a good, solid joint.

The Finish
I prepped the project with wood conditioner, then applied stain. I finished it off with several coats of spray-on Shellac.

Thanks for looking!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#1 posted 03-14-2014 03:01 PM

He’s a beauty. Nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 03-14-2014 03:04 PM

Giddy Up!!!!

Nice project.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#3 posted 03-15-2014 12:45 AM

The price of the plans makes it even better, wonderful job

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 03-15-2014 01:04 AM

Great job!
Those are nice plans. I made templates also and made a second one at a different time. I would add that an angle grinders is a good way to get all of the pieces for the butt to get smoothed.


-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#5 posted 03-15-2014 03:27 AM

Great Lookin Horse

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 03-15-2014 09:16 PM

Very Nice Project. Well Executed. Thanks For Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 03-16-2014 01:29 PM

One of my favorite things to make. I actually have one started in my shop now. How do you join the head to the body? I started using biscuits and seems faster and just as strong. Also found a better way to do the mane by routing a groove and gluing a cord on top of yarn pieces and brading the cord in with glue. You did an excellent job.

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Randy Sharp

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#8 posted 03-18-2014 08:01 PM

okwoodshop, I connected the head and body with three 3/8” dowels. I used a doweling jig for the initial holes, then dowel centers to match up the holes.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#9 posted 02-16-2017 10:24 PM

I have two young granddaughters and I was looking for plans on how to build the rocking horses.
I am looking forward to the project.
thank you for sharing.

-- Jay Mansdorf

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