Building Instructions Rocking Horse

Building Instructions Rocking Horse

The Rocking Horse is a traditional toy that has been brought up to many generations. Even today, children still like to play with such a simple toy, even though many of them grow up with smartphones and other gadgets.

The origin of the rocking horse is in the 17th century. At that time the horse was still made of metal in the USA, later also of wood. In Europe, children did not enjoy this toy until the 19th century. Due to their popularity, traditional toy manufacturers established themselves in the wooded areas of the Federal Republic. In 1865, the first rocking horse in Germany is said to have been produced here.

This is a children's toy! Use untreated wood so that you do not expose your child to chemical varnish and vapors. The nursery should eventually be free of pollutants.

Preliminary Considerations

The horse is the traditional animal that makes up this swing. There are virtually no limits to its design. The wood can certainly be supplemented with various materials, so that the horse assumes a more real form. Please also note the following: All materials for this toy must be free from harmful substances!

What you need :

  • Protective equipment
  • Workbench
  • Solid wood panels with 40 mm thickness in size of components 1- 3 and 5 (softwood, eg pine, spruce or even hardwood, eg oak)
  • 4 x squared timbers 40/60 mm, 25 cm long
  • 2 x wooden battens with 19 mm thickness, 25 cm long
  • 1 x Wooden round rod with 20 mm diameter, 34 cm long
  • 2 x countersunk wood screws, 4/120 mm
  • approx. 20 x wood countersunk screws, 4/50 mm
  • 3 x wood countersunk screws, 4/60 mm
  • Wood drill 4 mm
  • Forstner drill 20 mm
  • Emery paper 400 grit
  • Wood glue
  • Cordless screwdriver
  • Jigsaw

Rocking horse

How to do it

Step 1

Prepare components 1 to 3 and 5 as shown in the diagram. Measure all parts cleanly and transfer the measurements to the solid wood panels. Carefully saw off all slabs with a long-handled jigsaw.

Think of the blend and buy rather larger slabs. Have the boards sawed in the cutting department of a hardware store. This saves you time and effort.

Drill a hole with a 20mm Forstner bit to the location shown in the plan. Here the handle will be attached later.

Sand all edges with the 400 emery paper cleanly.

Pay particular attention to the keeping of the dimensions when rounding. A construction circle can be very helpful.

Step 2

You have now prepared all the parts and can start assembling! First, the main body is assembled. Take the prepared part 2 and drill through the wood with the help of a 4mm wood drill in the dotted areas. Coat surfaces A and B with wood glue and press the corresponding parts of part 3.

Wait patiently until everything is dry. Now you can use the 4/120 wood countersunk screws to screw longitudinally through the prepared holes and firmly connect the two parts.

Step 3

Drill the square timbers (parts 4) at the marked points and screw them in accordance with the instructions Step by step, indicating the blueprint to Part 3. Use the 4/50 wood countersunk screws. To make the bond even firmer, you can use wood glue to coat the abutment surfaces of the squared timbers.

Tip Glue one part after the other and not several at once, be patient.

Step 4

Pierce the seat (part 5) at the marked locations.

Coat the upper edge of part 3 with wood glue and place part 5 in position. Now screw it to part 3 with the 4/60 wood countersunk screws

Step 5

Screw the wooden slats (part 6) under the fixed squared timbers. A lath connects the front two squared timbers, one the two back. You can also use 4/50 wood countersunk screws.

Step 6

Almost done! The wooden battens that have just been assembled must now be screwed tight to the rockers (part 1)! Here are also 4 / 50er wood countersunk screws sufficient.

Make sure that the horse is centered on the rockers! Before screwing, try to find the ideal position that keeps the horse in balance. The rocker must be in the scale.

Step 7

Fill the prepared hole in the horse's head area (Part 2) with a little wood glue and slide part 7, the swing handle, through to the same on both sides Distance survives. Wait until the wood glue has dried completely.

Ready - your child can start!


  • You can paint the Rocking Horse in environmentally friendly and child-friendly colors.
  • Ask at the nearest hardware store or at a specialist retailer near you in biologically harmless color.