If you would like to build your children something they can play on, a swing set may be a great project to tackle. While you could buy a play set for your children, building one will ensure a sentimental attachment to the swing set. Also, a purchased one may be expensive and you may not be able to customize the equipment.
Things You'll Need
- Six pieces of 12' pressure-treated 4x4
- One piece of 12' pressure-treated 4x6
- Concrete mix
- Metal swing set post brackets
- Circular saw
- Drill with a screw bit
- Post hole digger
Measure the area to make sure you have enough clearance for the swings and enough room for the set. The length between support columns should be no more than 10 feet.
Notch your 4 by 4 to hold the 4 by 6. From the top of one of the pieces of 4 by 4, measure down 6 inches and mark the wood. Set the circular saw to 12 degrees, and cut the wood at the mark you made. Using the same saw setting, cut from the top of the column to the mark. Repeat this on three other pieces of 4 by 4.
Clamp together the notched wood so the notches are next to each other, and clamp the wood together to form the outside of an "A" shape. Decide where on the the frame you want your support pieces. Measure that area and make a mark. Using the saw at the 12-degree setting, cut your braces out of the remaining 4 by 4. Attach the braces to the A frames with screws.
Stand up the A frames in their location, and mark the ground where they will stand. Use the post hole digger to dig an 18-inch-deep hole in these locations.
Pour the concrete mix into the wheelbarrow, and mix it with water. It should be the consistency of wet mud.
Stand the A frames up in the hole, and pour the concrete in. Make sure the A frames are level horizontally and vertically. Let dry overnight.
Once the concrete is dry, screw the 4 by 6 into the top of the A frame. It should fit in the notches you made earlier. Use the brackets on the sides and screws from the front and back to attach it.
Purchase swings, and hang them up according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Tips & Warnings
- If you have a bigger yard, you can build a bigger swing set. Just get enough wood to have the A frames at least every 10 feet and enough 4 by 6's to support it. If you are going to build a bigger set, try to have ends of 4 by 6 meet in the middle of A frames for better support.
- Make sure tops of the A frames are even with each other; otherwise the 4 by 6 won't sit straight on the A frames.
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