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Sturdy rocking horse from eight pieces of pine.

This gentle steed, for children ages 1 to 3-1/2, has dowel handles and footrests and a seat just 9-1/2 inches from the ground. It shoudl cost about $20 and take roughly half a day to build.

You'll need a band, saber, or coping saw, a drill with a 3/4-inch bit and a pilot bit for 2-inch #6 screws, a rasp, a router with a 3/4-inch rounding-over bit (optional), a vise, hammer, nailset, screwdriver, and sandpaper. You'll also need: * 16 inches of 1-by-8 pine * 9 feet of 1-by-6 pine * 18 inches of 3/4-inch hardwood dowel * 20 2-inch #6 flat-head woodscrews * 3 2-1/2-inch (8d) finishing nails * White glue and wood filler

Refer to the pattern to cut out the pieces, making sure the notches in the seat and end pieces will align to receive the head and tail. Use a rasp (or a router with a rounding-over bit) to contour the color-shaded edges. Cut doweling into 6- and 12-inch lengths.

Place the end pieces on the underside of the seat so notches align, outside edges flush. Predrill, then glue and set screws through the seat into the end pieces.

Place the head upside-down in a vise and position one end of the seat on it as pictured above, letting the straight diagonal edge of the head piece protrude through the aligned notches. Predrill, then glue and install screws through the seat bottom and the end piece into the head.

Next, place the tail upside-down in a vise and attach the other end of the seat to it in the same manner. Turn the assembly right-side-up.

Position the bottom piece between the end pieces, flush with the lower edges of the ends. Predrill, glue, and screw through the end pieces into the bottom.

Center one rocker along one side of the bottom piece so its top edge is about 5-1/4 inches from the seat top and its hole is toward the front. (Make sure hole clears bottom piece.) Predrill, glue, and screw the rocker to the bottom and end pieces.

Center the second rocker on the other side, as you did the first. Before gluing, slip the 12-inch dowel through the holes in both rockers to see that they're positioned exactly opposite one another. Predrill, glue, and screw and second rocker in place. Center and glue the dowel and use a finishing nail through the top of each rocker to lock the dowel in place.

Center the 6-inch dowel in the hole in the head and glue it in place, nailing through the mane. Use a rasp to round dowel ends and other uncontoured edges; countersink nails, fill nail and screw holes, sand, and finish as desired.

Jacob Heijin of Fremont, California, designed the rocker for grandson Jon.
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