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Project by sweets posted 04-14-2009 09:00 PM 1279 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this swingset for my kids (a two year old daughter and 14 month twin boys) a few months ago. So far, they have been loving it. They obviously can’t use the monkey bars yet, but decided to install it while I was building. I didn’t think they would be able to use the rock wall either, but suprisingly, my two year old climbed it from day one. I used pressure treated pine for everything then stained it to give it a nicer look.

I bought a Rigid compound mitre saw and a Freud router to build it, because the only power tool I owned was a skill saw. This was my first time using both a router and mitre saw, and quickly fell in love with both. I am hoping to slowly acquire more power tools and learn more about woodworking with other woods besides dimensional pine. I have been following the site for a while and picked up many great tips which helped me during this project, so thanks.

-- Lee ---- South Louisiana

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#1 posted 04-14-2009 10:25 PM

Very nice. Where do you get the components (slide, swings, etc)?

-- Seems that talent only gets you so far... effort makes you successful.

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#2 posted 04-15-2009 02:00 AM

You get big rewards when you do things for the little ones. Very nice job and thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 04-15-2009 05:35 AM

Nice Job ,good father

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 04-15-2009 03:34 PM


I bought a diy kit online that came with plans, hardware, and swings. I did modify the plans slightly however. I purchased the lumber and slide from lowes. I built this for less than half of what Iwould have paid for a rainbow or other high end swingset brand. It was even cheaper than the ones you get at the box stores and much stronger.

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-- Lee ---- South Louisiana

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#5 posted 04-15-2009 05:20 PM

I’m coming over to play. Think it will hold 275 lbs? Great job for the kids.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 04-16-2009 08:25 AM

Way to Go Man! My daughter will be two in May and I have building a playset on my list…..thanks for posting yours, it has given me some ideas allready…

-- Dave, North Dakota,

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#7 posted 04-16-2009 04:27 PM


It’s good for 275#; I think the slide is too. I’m 215# and the swingset doesn’t flinch when I’m up there. Even the slide hods me without a problem.

-- Lee ---- South Louisiana

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#8 posted 09-01-2009 07:48 PM

Nice job Lee. I got your PM and agree with you totally. I think I will build my own in the end. Even if I just build the initial tower and add on to it each year. The kids will think they are getting upgrades.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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