Thunderbird, formerly Andy rocking horse
Little Crow on Thunderbird
This was built from the original Andy pattern. I embellished the design a bit, altered the seat and covered it with padding and leather. I also added a removable foot peg that could be used for the smallest capable rider. My nephew had had this since shortly after his first birthday. He's been riding since around two, and at 2 1/2 he's outgrowing the pegs and will be touching the platform by three.
This is the first rocking horse I ever made. The plans are simple and straight forward. By the time I was done, our woodshop had a router, routing table and spindle sander. And I know what a flush trim bit is now. The entire pattern was cut with a jigsaw.
why free plans
Most of the time, when something is offered for free, there is usually a catch. They invariably seem to want something in return.
Fortunately not in this situation.
I like free stuff as much as anybody, so these plans I have made are free to download. You can share them with your friends as long as you do not make any changes to the plans themselves.
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