A new take on a traditional design brings this toy to life.
Kids love horses, and the opportunity to ride one is never missed. Suitable for ages one to three, this one is built from pine and painted in non-toxic acrylic gloss.
Here are the templates you will need to make this project correctly.
Rule up a 20mm square grid on A4 paper. Photocopy four times and transfer the shapes (see Diagrams 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5). The head fits on one grid, the seat and struts on another. For the rockers and body, join two grids with a 20mm overlap
Cut out the templates and tape each to a length of select-grade, knot-free pine and trace around each shape. TIP Using a template keeps the doubled-up body parts, rockers and struts identical.
Clamp each part (except the crosspieces) and cut out using a jigsaw with a narrow, sharp blade. Pre-drill a 25mm hole through the head for the handle. Sand the edges and surfaces with 100-grit paper. Cut struts and crosspieces to length.
Set a sliding compound mitre saw baseplate to 5o on the right. Angle the blade 10o to the right and cut the base of two struts with the struts lying to the right of the blade, and two lying to the left.
Measure down 70mm from the top of each strut to square a line across one edge. Use a protractor to draw a line 10o from the 70mm mark to the top. Clamp and cut with a tenon saw. TIP Orientate the compound cut on the crosspiece for the correct angle.
Position the head, body and body spacer (see Diagram 7) on a flat surface and align the edges. Mark screw positions and pre-drill 5mm clearance holes through the body and countersink holes. Fasten with 30mm x 8g screws.
Mark the position of the struts on each crosspiece, pre-drill crosspiece then countersink from below. Position the front and rear struts, angling them to the centre of the horse. Fasten with 50mm x 8g screws from beneath the crosspieces.
Pre-drill two 5mm clearance holes on ends of the crosspieces. Countersink holes and fasten crosspieces 190mm from rocker ends. Fix a 50mm x 8g screw into each crosspiece end, square the rocker by measuring diagonals and add other screws.
Position the body between the struts so it is evenly spaced and level. Tighten both pairs of struts with a clamp at each end. Pre-drill and countersink the struts before fastening with 35mm x 8g screws.
Cut the curved back end off the seat then fasten to the top of the seat from below with glue and 30mm x 8g screws. On the seat, mark four screw holes over the centre of the body edges. Drill, countersink and fasten the seat with 50mm x 8g screws.