In Part 1 I explained how I created the first pieces of my home-made rocking horse. In this article I will talk about the skids which are a very important piece of the project.
The first version I did was made by drawing half of the profile on cardboard. Cutting it and having a pattern to have a perfect mirrored skid. However my design was too flat.
To design better skids I decided to come back to the basic : what is rocking ? And the best way to achieve it is with skids shaped like circles. Now I have to find the radius of that circle. For that I based it on the dimensions of the original rocking horse made by my father.
I first tried to calculate the radius using simple maths and these numbers. That was a good occasion to realize that I was not that good at maths … So I chose a simpler solution. I drew a 3-points-circle on Fusion 360 and measured the resulting radius. I then tied a pencil to a rope of that length to draw portion of circle and the wood. Once cut here comes the result :
The slot in the middle was cut at the same time on the two pieces. I also did a lot of sanding with the two pieces together to have them almost identical.
Now there is one big thing left to do, assembling everything. That will be for next article.