Here’s a rocking horse that I just completed for my one year old grand-nephew, Anthony.
It’s sorta based on an article in the current (Oct ’09) issue of Wood magazine. I made quite a few changes to the original plans, though – like adding the ‘anti-rollover’ tips to the rockers; making the horse’s mane an added on piece of walnut instead of drawing it on with a magic marker; and making the whole thing out of various hardwoods instead of using the 20” edge-glued pine panel the magazine suggested.
I also made a Plexiglas template, and routed the stars into the saddle instead of painting them on.
The body is red oak, the mane and tail are walnut, and the seat/saddle is cherry. Finish, in keeping it child-chewing safe, is shellac.
Also, the original used glued on ‘googly’ eyes, which I figured a child could pull off and swallow (choke hazard?) so I used molded plastic eyes that have a mounting stem – and epoxied them in.