Tuesday, September 4, 2012

DIY Wooden Swing Set


Most fun weekend project ever!

At least for the kids that is. :)


Or maybe we should say "best birthday present ever" because this was what we got our now 5-year-old for her birthday. She opened a big box with swings, a steering wheel, a telescope, climbing rocks, etc. It was certainly fun for us to give.



And really, it was pretty easy to make, thanks to a lot of planning from my husband. We had 5 adults working off-and-on for about 8 hours. I spent most of the time taking care of the kids and cooking food for everyone else, so I didn't actually help much. But between Dad, Grandpa and Grandma, and Uncle Colin, it took those 4 adults about 8 hours to make this swing set. Not too shabby.

Here are some pictures of the process.

1st up, the frame.



Here is a picture of the base, which we will eventually turn into a sandbox.



Up goes the railing.



And the kids can hardly wait, so they are playing on it before it is officially finished. :)
(and there's Uncle Colin hard at work! No, he really did help a lot and had a much-deserved shady break).



This photo shows some of the accessories we added: a telescope, steering wheel, handles for safety, climbing rocks because they are cool and a little bench for sitting on underneath (which surprisingly is a pretty hot item with our two girls--it tends to be the rowing bay for when we are trying to get away from scurvy pirates).

 
Our kids truly love it. I knew they would enjoy it, but I didn't realize how much they would play with it, so it's been fun for us all.


15 comments:

  1. We can't wait to have a swing set like this. We don't really have the room at the moment and we keep talking about moving....but it looks glorious!

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  2. Did you end up using some plans out there? this looks cool ... we are starting this project for our little one ... he can't wait :)

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  3. Hi - this is fabulous! Just wondering (roughly) how much the materials cost - I am hoping to talk my husband into this project too! Thank, you. Josie x

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  4. You know, I can't quite remember how much it cost in materials. I remember thinking that it was cheaper than buying a kit to make them, but not by a lot honestly.

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  5. This is absolutely wonderful!! What plans and materials were used? I'm all about diy and saving money!! :)

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  6. Where can I buy the accessories?

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  7. Hi is there a place i can find the plans for this?

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    1. Hi Nick,
      Alas, we never got around to putting the plans up. I think it has been so long now (we don't even live in that house anymore!) that it won't ever get done. Good luck though. I hope the pictures are good enough to help you get the idea.

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