103 Rocking Pony for Toddlers
Woodworking Plans for the Rocking Pony 103
- Designed for TODDLERS and up
- Approximate dimensions: 12" W x 23" H x 30" L
- Contains full size pattern, instructions & photos
- Plans include minor adaptations to build a Rocking Unicorn
- Rocking Zebra can also be made
- Designed for 2" softwood lumber
- These plans and instructions assume a BASIC Level of Skills in woodworking and related safety requirements when using power tools.
- Woodworking plans are sent by mail via Canada Post. They usually arrive within 7 to 10 days from date of order. Due to postal rate structure, plans sent outside of Canada or the USA cost more to ship.
Working from our Woodworking Plans
If you are a woodworker who has purchased our Plans to build, please follow all safety requirements for the tools you use. The plans and instructions assume a basic level of skills in woodworking and related safety requirements when using power tools. We would like for you to be building wonderful things for years to come ;-)
Please also keep in mind that construction materials and finishes need to take into account the final use of the items built. For the sake of your precious little ones, be sure that the finish on your rocking toys are non-toxic. It's amazing what little kids will chew on!
Our small Rocking Toys are intended for toddlers who are able to maintain their balance. They are suitable for young children although we have caught our teens still sitting on them :-) They are built strongly enough that even adults of medium build could safely sit on them with no risk of breaking.
Being parents ourselves, we know how precious your little ones are to you and we know that you share our concern about safety. Toddlers should not be left unattended even if they are enjoying playing on the rockers. Vigorous rocking will move the rocking toy so these toys should not be used close to breakable objects that could be bumped or near stairs where your child could fall. All of our edges are rounded or eased to prevent injury. Children should never be allowed to stand or kneel on the seat of the rocker or use the rocker as a step ladder.
Quality Always: We suggest you use quality, kiln or air dried dried lumber and quality finishes. The final finish consists of several clear coats of hand buffed durable urathane.
Our construction involves assembly that makes extensive use of glue and dowels. We recommend you reinforce areas with hardwood dowels to prevent breakage along the grain and due to torque. Consider using a variety of cabinetwork connectors, all hidden by plugs or dowels to maximize strength and final appearance.
These toys have been built for indoor use. The finish is not intended to withstand moisture or rain although it can be wiped down during cleaning. It is made to be durable but may need to be touched up if loved too vigorously for too long. If that happens, just give it a "facelift" by renewing the final finish coat.
Some pictures of projects made from our plans
Here is what one of our satisfied customers had to say:
Here's a picture of "Charley's Horse". My granddaughter will be born towards the end of May. Her name will be Charlotte (hopefully) and I'm already calling her "Charley. Hence the name "Charley's Horse". I know it will be awhile before she can use it, but it will be waiting for her. Charley's Horse is made from 8/4 rough cut ambrosia maple that I picked up years ago (I didn't know what I was going to do with it, but bought it anyway). After dimensioning it and planing, it was roughly 6/4. I stained it with honey maple stain to give it a hint of color and finished with walnut oil.
I wanted to let you both know that the design of the horse is exceptional. I looked at many plans before settling on yours. Most of the others seemed amateurish, and or cheesy in design. Your instructions and cut list was easy to follow. The design is an instant heirloom. I am looking forward to the push/pull toy plans. If you need references, or want to use my comments feel free. DG, Saint Augustine, Florida