Well, the project is off to a good start, and I am really excited about this. I know my boys are going to really enjoy all of the things they will be able to do and imagine on this play set.
That said, let’s get down to business. The first thing I considered was safety. I went Googling and came up with the following web site:
National Program for Playground Safety
From here there is all sorts of good information, including a link to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) web page where there is a PDF document that tells a lot about home playground safety. I highly recommend anyone tackling a project like this to check out those web sites. Also, download the document and give it a good reading. In the document it mentions the ASTM standard for back yard playgrounds. Although I am sure that it would be helpful, I am also sure that I do not need to spend $40.00 on it. I am almost sure it is just a lot more detail on what the CPSC booklet says.
Well, I also got the concept drawing done this weekend. It is done in Sketchup, and the kids (customer) have totally approved of the design. The wife likes it too. Here are four views of the design as it stands now.
This is just a rough view. now i will start the drawings where I design the joinery and take all the little details into account.
I want to send out a special thanks to Tony Z for the hint last week to get the hardware on eBay. This weekend I completed buying the hardware, except the slide. Everything was purchase on eBay, and I can say that looking at other retail outlets, I got around $200-$225 worth of swing hardware for around $100.00 – $125.00 (shipping included). I am not sure of the total yet because of an outstanding shipping issue, and the fact that I have not bothered to sit down and calculate it all up yet. The retail number is quite good. Sorry Tony. I cannot afford to give you a cut of the money, but thanks for the helpful idea.
Well, enough about this tonight. I am off to bed for the day here shortly. I just thought I would update my blogs tonight. I hope everyone had a safe and productive weekend.
-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA