Download free plan for making the seesaw. The seesaw is a very popular kind of playground equipment and you can see it in almost every playground.

The seesaw (teeter-totter or teeterboard) construction consists of a pole supported at the center by a fulcrum and having a seat and handle at each end. The game of riding a seesaw consists of two children sitting and facing each other on each end of a pole which is balanced in the center. Their role is to take turns pushing their feet against the ground to raise their side in the air. So, when one child is on the ground, the other is high in the air, and thus a back-and-forth or up-and-down movement is achieved, which children find particularly amusing. 


Seesaw (Teeter-Totter) plan
Project type
Project difficulty
Medium, requires experience
Skill level
for DIY enthusiasts
for intermediate experienced metalworker
Level of workshop equipment
Hobby - Hand tools and power tools
Welding machine

One problem with the seesaw's construction is that if a child on one end allows himself/herself to hit the ground, the other child may fall and be injured.  In order to prevent an accident or reduce the effects thereof, a flexible object should be placed under the seat to soften the blow when the seesaw hits the ground (e.g., bury an old car tire in the ground). The seesaw is potentionally a dangerous piece of play equipment, so extra caution is needed when playing on it.  and under the seesaw should not be a hard surface like concrete. Make sure that your seesaw is mounted above a soft surface such as foam, wood chips, or sand (avoid hard surfaces such as concrete or asphalt).
Before starting to play on a seesaw, instruct children to:

  • Sit facing each other
  • Hold the handle with both hands
  • Keep feet out from underneath the seat as it descends.


Exploded view and parts list
Seesaw (Teeter-Totter) - Sub-assembly list
Assembly drawing
Seesaw (Teeter-Totter) - Assembly drawing

For safety purposes, it is important to teach children how to stop playing on the seesaw. The procedure is simple, both children have to stop and flatten the rocker arm, so as to get off their seats at the same time. Otherwise, if a child that is closer to the ground abruptly leaves the seat, the balance is disturbed and this may lead to the fall of another child that is left high in the air.

The complete seesaw design from the plan is metal, only the seats are wooden. Actually, the seesaw is not difficult to make, but for the sake of children’s safety it is advised that such projects are dealt with only by people who are experienced and skilled in welding and assembly of metal structures.

The seeesaw according to our plan has been designed for older children, and if yours  are small, you must adapt its dimensions to suit them and watch out while they are  playing. 

Adjust the height of the Frame subassembly and length of the subassembly Rocket Arm to suit your child. Needed dimensions can be calculated easily by following the next picture.

Seesaw (Teeter-Totter) - Rocker arm calculation

The plan is intended to create a set of playground seesaws (allowing six children to play at the same time), i.e., it consists of 3 seesaws in parallel. If you like, you can use the  drawings and adapt in size to a smaller number.

Mounting: In-ground mount in concrete (Embedded column)

Finish: undercoat paint (Primer paint - protection against rust and corrosion) and two coats of enamel gloss paint.


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Submitted by Ceh Jan