Not for a beginner
Posted December 12, 2013
I purchased these plans, because I liked the way the horse looked. The plans are very basic and are not for someone without a lot of building skills. They also say they used basic tools to build, and I question that as well. There is no way you can build this just a jigsaw as they state in the instructions. I needed a band saw to cut everything. If I had tried to use a jigsaw, it would have taken twice as much time and the outcome would be poor. If you are only using 3/4" stock, it would possibly work, but to make the horse solid and look good, you will need at least 5/4 and 6/4 stock, which is what I used.
I suggest you look for better plans before you buy these.
I am an experienced, fairly skilled...
Posted January 13, 2013
I am an experienced, fairly skilled woodworker. These plans indicate that the only power tools the author used were a saber saw and miter saw. Although possible, I find it highly unlikely. I used hardwoods which automatically increases the difficulty level, but to cut 2x stock 1 1/2" thick actual measurment with a saber saw is nearly impossible to get a square cut. I have a very expensive top of the line saber saw, and started with that. I only cut about 6" to realize as was my experience that I was not getting a square cut. I immediately switched to a band saw for nearly all my cuts. It is faster, more accurate, and you will get a square cut. Also, a router with a round over bit is a necessity for this project. The author suggests using a utility knife and rasp for rounding edges. I would have been rounding edges for months using that method. Also, I suggest you own a belt sander, and random orbit sander if you plan to do this project, and that your woodworking skills should be above average moderate skill level. By all means, the rockers need to be made from 1 1/2" thick stock, NOT 3/4" as in the plans too weak, even for hardwood and do NOT cut slots in the rocker for the "leg support". That creates a natural weakness at that point and I can almost promise you will have a broken rocker if you cut into it. I used oak for my rockers, and laminated/glued two 3/4 inch pieces together to get 1/1/2" thickness. This made it stronger as the grains run differently in each of the 3/4 boards I glued. I made the mistake of cutting into the rocker for the leg support. Just before assembly, I accidentally knocked one of the rockers on the floor. Oak or no oak, the fall snapped the end off right where I notched into it. Instead screw and glue the leg support boards on top of the rocker.
plans are great...easy to read and...
Posted October 14, 2012
plans are great...easy to read and understand. I bought tracer paper to trace out the plans, cut those out and traced those onto poster board to make my actual patterns. I used black walnut and red cedar with a semi-gloss finish. the only downfall I saw was the rockers needed something to keep them from folding apart if they were overloaded. as you can see in the picture I added 7/8" dowels to the rounded ends. also I used a dowel all the way through for they eyes instead of the listed material. I'm sure I'll be building more!
Love this horse. My father had...
Posted August 8, 2012
Love this horse. My father had built them for my two brothers and sisters first born. Now that my father is no longer with us and I have had my first child of my own I had to build one in his honor for my son. Easy to follow plans, just take your time. P.S. a belt sander is a must!
I have built 11 of these...
Posted January 17, 2012
I have built 11 of these horses for grandchildren and the local Cancer Center. Each on is unique even though they were built the same. Kids breaking the ends of the rockers is the only issue Ive ever had. I have stopped building them now and switched to a new challange. Thanks for great plans.