Wooden Toy Horse From Pallet and an IKEA Trestle

About: When I was young I enjoyed and immersed my Grandpa' DIY world. He was a metalwork enthusiast. He couldn't get into this profession, as the era of WWs put him on different track, and became shoemaker. Anyhow ...

This is an entry for Creative Misuse contest.

We use an IKEA trestle from Finnward trestle table as wooden body of a pony. We made an additional neck and head out of wood.

First step is making plans. I did not put a lot of errort in it. I just browsed for a random image from internet about a pony with a kid rider, and used it to find a good proportion of body, neck and head in size. All the other sizes just formed during the process.

My middle daughter helped me, and we used mostly hand tools: japanese saw, handplane, screw driver, hand drill, clamps, glue and some screws. We used only scrap/pallet wood what laying around.

Step 1:

First thing to make was the neck.

I found two small boards in size of 450 x 80 x 20 mm (about 18 x 3 x 3/4") and formed the neck out of them.


Step 2:

The next thing was the base what can keep the neck and head. It is from another scrap wood in size 140 x 70 x 22 mm (about 5 1/2 x 3 x 1").

The gap in Finnward trestle is 21 mm, so the 22 mm width is enough to hold the attachment when it's tightened.

Step 3:

We found a board with a big knot what was in the right place to use it as mouth. We formed the head from it

Step 4:

There was a hole in the upper piece of trestle just at the right place to put in a dowel to keep the base and the attachment better.

Step 5:

I formed two ears and used few screws to make connecttion stronger between head, neck and base.

Step 6:

After some final touches it's done.

Step 7:

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