Step 1. Transfer component shapes from the diagram to a sheet of plywood marked in 100mm squares to make template (A).Cut out with a jigsaw.A template helps to keep the pairs of rockers and legs identical.
Step 2. Trace shape of head (B) on the pine. The joint with the leg is set at 22.5° (half a 45° angle) to the leg. Cut out with a jigsaw, except the head to leg joint which, for accuracy, is best cut with a circular or handsaw. Drill a 19mm hole for handle. Similarly cut rockers (C) and seat (D).
Step 3. Mark out legs (E) with housing edges which sit on rockers angled at 85° to give legs a slight splay.Distance from housing to housing is 270mm.Set sliding bevel to 85°.Cut out legs with a jigsaw, except top of housing.Cut this angle with a handsaw. Sand all surfaces rounding edges.
Step 4. Measure a 480mm span on two central flat surfaces of rockers so spacing is equal. At these points mark an 85° line splaying to front and back using bevel. Pre-drill two screw holes adjacent to each line and one angled in from bottom of each leg. Screw legs to rockers
Step 5. The inside distance between tops of legs should be close to 350mm. Splay ends of seat supports (F) at 85° to match slope of the legs. At top of each leg, measure 10mm in from side and square a line down inside of leg. Screw the seat supports along this line.
Step 6. To position head, find centre of top of front leg.On meeting face of the head mark 175mm from bottom and again find the centre.Align the two marks and screw head in place from back of leg.Drill 8mm hole at an upward angle starting at chest cavity.To get through both pieces of wood, drill as far as you can through head to mark the leg, remove head to drill through back of the leg.Replace head, slip in the bolt (G).Fix with a washer and nut.
Step 7. Screw on seat (D) then add back of the neck (H) and the tail (I).
Step 8. Add crossbar (J) by screwing from the sides, then fix the crosspieces (K) to flat sections of rocker ends. Hold handle (L)
in place with a little glue and pins skewnailed into the head using a nail punch.
Step 9. After a final sand, draw head features on horse using a black indelible marker before giving it a couple of coats of polyurethane. As a finishing touch add a mane (M) made of a small length of cushion fringing held in place with decorative gold upholstery nails (N).