Most woodworking hobbyists at some point or another will need a good set of rocking horse plans. Just about everyone I know who works with wood has tried their hand at building a rocking horse. The rocking horse has always been, and continues to be a very popular woodworking project for all ages.
Personally, I’ve always enjoyed making wooden toys, or other related types of projects for my kids. There’s just something about making a toy with your own hands, and giving it to a child that brings a sense of satisfaction that can’t be compared to anything else. I still remember the looks on my kid’s faces when I’d make something and give it to them. Priceless, absolutely priceless! What a joy!
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Of course, there are many types and styles of wooden rocking horses. Some rocking horse plans are very elaborate and will take weeks of skilled and focused effort to finish. While other rocking horse plans are fairly simple to accomplish, and can be completed in one afternoon depending on the woodworkers skill level.
When considering a rocking horse project, you should keep in mind your woodworking skill level and your accessibility to the tools you will need to finish the project.
You don’t want to get in over your head when building your rocking horse, so make sure you have what you need to complete the project. If you have any doubt about your skill level or the tools you may need, you can always resort to purchasing a wooden rocking horse kit. These kits come ready made to assemble a wooden rocking horse. They usually include the pre-cut pieces of wood, the hardware, pieces of leather, and material for the main and tail. Just keep in mind that not all of them include the pre-cut wooden pieces you need, so make sure you read the product description before you buy.
Once you decide on a set of rocking horse plans, you need to decide upon the material you will use to build it. I’ve seen rocking horses built from Pine, Maple, Oak, Walnut, and Cherry just to name a few types of wood. Pine is very popular due to the fact that it’s a soft wood, easy to work with, and is fairly inexpensive.
Also, keep in mind that not all wood project plans are created equal. Make sure you get a set of woodworker plans that is easy to read, has plenty of details, and good visual examples. That in it self, will go a long way toward helping you create an awesome rocking horse that you can be proud to give away.