Doll size rocking horse easy scroll saw patterns Easy to make and ideal for beginners, this desktop rocking horse stands almost 200mm (8 inches) to the top of the head. It can be made from 6mm thick plywood or MDF board.
The right tools make all the difference in the enjoyment of the hobby of woodworking and woodcraft, which is why I would recommend a scroll saw for this project.
I used 6mm thick (¼ inch) MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard.)
You may also need the following consumable items:
• 80 grit and 120 grit sandpaper.
• Wood glue.
• Paper glue for fixing the paper patterns to the MDF board.
• Acrylic paint to colours of your choice.
The method of construction is pretty straightforward. I think it would be a good idea to read through the instructions first.
To start, I cut out the paper template slightly oversize and also cut out two pieces of MDF board, also oversize. Stack the two workpieces using any method that suits you.
Double sided sticky tape works well. Borrowing a trick from our woodturning cousins, who often attach a workpiece to the faceplate with a piece of paper in between. I have tried this method with diluted wood glue, and it does work well. Another way is to use rubber spray glue instead of the diluted wood glue.
Drill four holes as shown by the red dots in the photo.
Scribe the width for the joints using a chisel or a sharp knife and steel ruler. Use a scrap piece for accuracy. Cut out the slots within a fraction of a millimeter of the scribed line. This will leave a tiny shelf that makes it easier to trim using a chisel.
Photo showing all the parts ready for assembly.
Glue the two formers (shown yellow) to the body (shown blue.) When the glue has set, glue the other side of the body in place. Make sure both sides face the same way.
Head and tail attached to the seat. Note the underside of the tail must be 90 degrees to the seat.
The top of the body sub-assembly will show a shallow v-groove. I used a roll of painters sandpaper clamped to a piece of wood. Any piece of sandpaper with a grit of 80 or so should also work.
Photo shows two beads of glue ready to accept the head/seat/tail sub-assembly. Note the notch shown red may have to be widened to accept the tail. Again, it is easy to assemble the horse back to front, so make sure you have it the right way around.
Glue the head-seat-tail assembly in place. Create the angle on the backrest to match the angle of the tail, glue that in place.