The method that I chose to attach the horse head and backrest to the wooden seat is through the use of nuts and bolts. This step can be skipped if you chose to attach them using screws or a nail gun instead. Below is the process of how I did mine.
1. Drill holes the size of the bolts that you plan to use on the 2 by 2 wood pieces of the horse head as shown above
2. Drill corresponding holes onto the small piece of pine plank that acts as the 'base' for the horse head. Put the bolts through with washers and position it on one end of the wooden seat. Secure it to the wooden seat with a nail gun or some screws with the bolts facing upwards like shown above.
3. Place the horse head on top of the base sitting nicely on the bolts and then tighten them with nuts. Don't forget to place washers on each ends of the bolts to avoid damaging the surface of the wood.
The perks of using this method of fastening the horse head with nuts and bolts is that it makes it detachable and interchangeable with any other types of heads should you wish to do so in any point of time.
Similar to the horse head, drill holes on the piece of 2 by 2 wood of the backrest all the way through to the wooden seat and tighten it in place with some bolts and nuts. As there is a double layer of pine planks on the back end of the wooden seat, you will need to use longer bolts as compared to the ones used in the previous step.
Wooden seat and Tyre
Once you have everything in place, you can now attach your wooden seat to the tyre by drilling screws into the hardwood pieces that you have attached earlier into the tyres. Again, you can choose to use hex screws or phillips screws depending on your preference as long as you make sure that it doesn't protrude on the surface of the wooden seat.
Handlebars and Tail
Finally, you can now choose to permanently attach your handlebars and tail to your rocking horse if you plan to leave it in its original colour. If you wish to paint your rocking horse, it is advisable to attach them after painting.
1. Fit the pvc pipe through the hole of the horse head and find a midpoint. Add superglue along point between the pvp pipe and horse head the to hold it in place. Also add superglue on the rims of the end caps as you cover the ends of the pvp pipe to complete your handlebar. Alternatively, you can also choose to use transparent silicone glue or epoxy for this.
2. As for the tail, you just need to slot in the end of the jute rope that isn't frayed through the back of the backrest and then tie a knot from the front to lock it in place. Cut off any excess rope that you have after the knot from the front.
Your final product should look as shown in the picture above.