Giddyap Toy Rocking Horse
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Add the Finish
Add the Finish
Finishing the horse
- Cut a 3/8" dowel 3 3/8" long. Apply glue to the hole in the underside of the horse body and insert the dowel. Apply glue to the hole in the spacer block on the rocker, and insert the other end of the dowel in it.
- Finish-sand the horse and rockers. Apply the finish of your choice. (We applied a medium brown stain to all parts except the spacer beads -- they were stained with a dark walnut for contrast. Then we applied two coats of polyurethane. The dowels and axle pegs appear darker in color because of the end grain.)
- Cut the shafts of four 7/32 x 1 1/8" toy axle pegs (sometimes sold as 1/8" pegs) to 3/4" long. Use them to mount the legs to the body after you've finished it. Insert the axle pegs through the leg holes, apply glue to the ends of the pegs, and insert the ends into the holes in the horse's body. Allow some play so the legs swing easily.
- To make the mane for the horse, wrap wool yarn around a 3x5" card 12 times. Slide the yarn off the card and tie it in a bundle near the middle with a short piece of yarn. Then, tie another short length of yarn around the bundle about 1/4" away from the first tie. With scissors, cut the yarn between the two ties to make two plugs. (You'll need a plug for each hole.) Now, cut through the loops so you have 24 pieces of yarn tied on one end. Apply a small amount of glue into each 5/16" hole. Using a 1/4" dowel, push the knotted end of a yarn into each hole. After the glue dries, clip the mane to the desired shape.
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