Playset #1: The plan

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Blog entry by Roostermiester posted 06-08-2010 10:42 PM 5315 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been planning this playset for nearly a year now and it is now finally in the making. I have built up some walls to level the play area using 6×6 PT timbers that were reclaimed from a school playground that was being renovated. Some of the lumber for this project came from a used playset that I bought for a couple hundred bucks last fall (mostly for the slide and swings). The rest of it I got off of CL for free from what used to be a redwood deck (I’ve also made some raised garden beds out of it – see my blog in Garden Tenders). I’ll probably only be using the PT lumber for this project though. My original design had a lower roof as well, but I decided the space would be better used as a balcony for the playhouse instead.
After leveling the dirt and laying some footings for the posts, construction has finally begun. Pics on the next post.
Get the SketchUp here.
Playset with balcony

-- Scott Rust - The Roostermiester

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#1 posted 06-08-2010 10:52 PM

looks great. definitely want to see pics of this coming together. nice job on the raised beds!

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#2 posted 06-09-2010 01:21 AM

Let the building begin

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#3 posted 06-09-2010 01:27 AM

Very nice….I’ll be watching this one. I’ve got one to rebuild soon….maybe I’ll pick up some pointers.

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#4 posted 06-09-2010 03:28 AM

The plan looks great. Just a couple of thoughts. the playground area should be twice the height of the swing beam on each side. For example if your swing beam is 7.5 ’ off of the ground then the playground should be 15 feet on either side of the swing beam for a total of thirty feet. Additionally, you need to determine the highest point that a child can fall from. this is probably the height of the top of the railing. This height will determine the depth of the mulch that you will need. I suggest that you visit the Rainbow Playground website. It has excellent resources for determining the depth of the mulch depending on the type of the mulch that you plan to use. Good luck, again it looks like a great playground.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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