How To Build a Wooden Swingset

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So you want to build a wooden swing set for your kids?  Or perhaps you have grandchildren?  Well, a wooden swing set is a good start, as it is known mainly to remain stable and safer for kids.  Not to mention that a wooden swing set will last longer than normal metal ones.  To build a wooden swing set, you’ll need lots of time and patience, so let’s do a quick walk through.

The first thing you need to do is go to your local lumber yard and get some wood for your swing set, the best wood to use is redwood.  Make sure that you get plenty of wood for your project with a few left to spare in case of an accident.  You’ll also need bolts, nuts, and cement for your project.  You will also need the chains for the swings and the actual swings for your set.  Now that you have your wood, you will want two by fours and two by sixes.  You’ll want to take the two by sixes and cut them into eight-foot lengths.  This will create the sides of your wooden swing set.  Once you have the sides cut another one but make it twelve feet long so you have your top portion done.  Make sure that your pieces are level and that they are flushed so you don’t have a lopsided swing set.

Now, you will drill holes into the actual wood so that you can attach the sidepieces to the top piece.  Once you have the holes drilled you can screw the bolt and nuts into place.  You will want to move slowly when you set your sides up, have an extra set of hands to help you with this so you can keep the swing set level.  Now you can cut the two by fours to reach through the sidepieces to add extra stability.  Once you have them cut you can bolt them into place as well.

Now you can dig four holes in the ground, make them deep enough that the cement will hold.  Make sure your holes are also where your swing set will go, don’t cut it too short here you don’t want to dig all night.  Once you have your holes dug, you can pour your cement into them and then place your swing set legs into the cement and wait for it to dry.  Once this has been done and is dry, you can now make the appropriate holes in the top of the swing set once more and bolt the chains in for the swings.  Then all you have to do is add a few kids and start swinging.

Now that you have your swing built and ready to go, you will want to make sure there are no overhang pieces, cut off any extras.  Also, sand down any rough edges that may be on the swing set from your entire cutting.  The last thing you need is for your children to get a splinter from their new toy.


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