Custom Rocking Horse
This is the custom rocking horse I designed for my 3 year old daughter. I was unsatisfied with all of the plans I found online and decided to go all out. To generate the plans I found the pictures of a galloping horse from some of the earliest pictures of a quarter horse galoping. I then used that picture to generate flat pannel cutouts and added some personal embellishments to the main and tail. For this horse I cheated a bit and used hardwood plywood laminations to make the body, then carved them with a King Arthur chainsaw bit for the angle grinder. After that it was a LOT of hand work with rhasps, files, and sandpaper. My daughter decided she liked the look of a paint or pinto horse and I used different colored stains to mottle the horse’s coat. After a couple coats of polyurethane I had a pretty durable toy that my daughter has had a blast rocking on since christmas.
Custom Rocking Horse Full View
Rocking Horse Head Closeup
Rocking Horse Carving Mostly Done
Plan in SolidWorks
This is the original photo that was used to generate the initial shape and plans.