Rocking Horse Plans


Build This Heirloom Rocking Horse

For Your Child or Grandchild

  Walnut Rocking Horse

Do you want to build your own wooden rocking horse?

Building a children's rocking horse is a rewarding project in many ways, but making this horse is not a project for a beginning woodworker. While I include dozens of pictures and step by step instructions in my free online book it is not a basic woodworking “How–To”. I do not discuss the difference between a band saw and a table saw, a try square and a carpenter’s square, or a belt sander and orbital sander. I do discuss many techniques I have discovered and developed in my lifelong love of woodworking. Most of the ideas in my book I use daily in my work as a professional toymaker. The techniques described are designed to achieve quality work with minimum effort. If you are new to woodworking look for a more basic book about tools and their use. When you have a foundation of knowledge and experience read my online book and build yourself a fine heirloom.

When your Rocking Horse is complete please give instructions to your young buckaroos. The 10 month old rider needs help in staying on and the older rider needs cautioned to avoid being bucked off. As with any ride-on toy a child can fall off or ride so energetically that the toy can overturn. Use caution and vigilance. Happy Trails to you . . .

When your steed is complete I would love to see a picture of your work or even better a picture of your horse and rider.



You can use the techniques in my book to build any wooden rocking horse. If you would like to make this rocking horse for your loved one I offer full size plans for $12.00 in the U.S. or $13.00 international both postpaid. This payment gives you license to make this horse for your family or friends. Making my horse for sale is expressly prohibited, both by copyright and design patent. I earn a of living of sorts by my woodworking which includes making these horses and dozens of competitors would make life difficult. These full size plans are just that "plans only". Complete instructions are in my online free book. I encourage you to read the book and judge the construction difficulty for yourself.

If you would like to undertake building this horse send me $12.00/$13.00 or telephone/email me your MC/VISA/DISCOVER/AMEX number. You can also use my secure online form. I will send the plans via US Mail.



Thanks, I hope you can give a child a treasure.



John Michael Linck - Toymaker

2618 Van Hise Avenue - Madison, Wisconsin 53705

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Book Contents


The best friend on earth of man is the tree.  When we use the tree respectfully
and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth.

Frank Lloyd Wright



Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets. 
To plant a pine, one need only own a shovel.

Aldo Leopold


A scan showing half of one sheet of my full size rocking horse three sheet plan set.

rocking horse plan

The hatch marks on the edges show where to use your round over router bit.


The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree.
The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time
to lose; plant it this afternoon!'

As told by John F. Kennedy



I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree, And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk
Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more,
But dipped its top and set me down again.
That would be good both going and coming back.
One could do worse than be a swinger of birches

Robert Frost, Birch Trees










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