If you’d like a gift to give to your child that will be truly appreciated and loved for many years to come, have you considered making your own wooden rocking horse? The idea of making such a toy will probably seem beyond the abilities of most people, except for those who are skilled in wood work but in fact it is fairly easy to make your own rocking horse from wood and there is lots of help and instructions out there for beginners.
You’ll need to start by finding some rocking horse plans to base your design from. These designs will give you step by step instructions and tell you exactly how much wood and what tools you need. You can either follow them exactly or edit them to create your own custom design. You can buy rocking horse plans from woodworking plan sites online or from timber suppliers or DIY stores.
After choosing your plan, it’s time to buy your materials and get your tools together. Most plans will recommend a few different types of wood so you can choose one that suits your requirements best. Tools can be either bought or borrowed – try borrowing to start off and then if you really enjoy the process it could turn into a rewarding hobby and you’ll want to buy your own tools.
You’ll also need somewhere to work. A shed or clear area in a garage works well. Make sure you have sufficient lighting and space to spread out all your tools. If you live in a decent climate you could also work outdoors although you’ll have to clear away all your tools and equipment at the end of the day.
Building your own rocking horse toys can be great fun and could be the start of a rewarding hobby – once you’ve finished the horse you can try your hand at a whole range of other toys and even furniture for your home.