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Project by dedalo posted 07-12-2010 06:39 PM 2093 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first project, a birthday present for my kid (2 years). This was 3 years ago.
I didn’t have any power tools, just a bosh hand drill.
So, lot of mortises where done by hand using chisels, some with the hand saw… etc.

It’s done using incense, an extemly hard wood, but very good for outdoor, then applied a deck finish.

In three years of outdoor, everything is like new (unless the plastic fabric roof ).

It took 3 months of planning (searching an copying fotos of internet) and other 3 months of building. I just build it in parts before the birthday, in part becouse of the surprise and in part for lack of indoor space.

The kids enjoy it a lot, so I’m very happy with it.

-- http://carpinteriaenargentina.blogspot.com





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BTKS

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#1 posted 07-12-2010 06:48 PM

That is quite a first project. I’m impressed. This took a lot of planning and layout to build it modular and assemble it without any real remods. Keep it up and keep the kids playing hard. Makes for better naps.
BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Joel Wires

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#2 posted 07-12-2010 08:12 PM

Very nice. I’m very curious about the slide. What did you do for it?

-- Joel Wires --> http://www.wiresstudio.com

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#3 posted 07-12-2010 08:18 PM

That is a wonderful first project!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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1yeldud1

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#4 posted 07-12-2010 08:20 PM

how did you make the “bottom” of the slide (the part you sit on) ????

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dedalo

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#5 posted 07-12-2010 08:29 PM

hi 1yeldud1, I just used kind of “deck”, put some support crossed through the sides and then put the deck on top of them.

Hi joel, just used the same stock than the rest of the game, the same “deck”. just a litle narrow..

My english is not so good did I explain myself?

-- http://carpinteriaenargentina.blogspot.com

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Joel Wires

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#6 posted 07-12-2010 08:33 PM

I think it’s good enough to understand. Did you just use the same deck finish on it? Do your kids slide smoothly on it or is it sticky?

-- Joel Wires --> http://www.wiresstudio.com

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dedalo

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#7 posted 07-12-2010 08:37 PM

I added a photo of the back of the slide.

Yes used the same, they slide smoothly, but it sticks enough for them to go in the reverse direction without shoes :D

Now seriusly it goes very good I think the angle is a little high, when felipe was 2 we had to wait for him… usualy slides “bend” in the end so kids can stay on sitted position and don´t fall, but that was out of my posibilities.

-- http://carpinteriaenargentina.blogspot.com

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1yeldud1

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#8 posted 07-12-2010 11:12 PM

So the kids “butt” is sliding on a wooden surface – as you said a very hard wood – In the USA I would be questioning if we had a wood hard enough that a child wouldnt get a serious case of the “splinters” in their rear end. LOL Seriously the “incense” is that hard of a wood ???? Most slides I have seen have a “metal” or a plastic” covering over the slide area – Thanks for the reply – got a new grand daughter that Im trying to get plans arranged to build her a similar setup someday !!!!!!1

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dedalo

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#9 posted 07-12-2010 11:29 PM

unfortunatly I’ve lost my autocad plans… sketchup didn’t exist at that time…

The surfase of the slide is very smooth, I don´t see a splinter danger, but maintenance care should be a must a guess.

-- http://carpinteriaenargentina.blogspot.com

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Beginningwoodworker

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#10 posted 07-12-2010 11:34 PM

Congrats on your first project.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#11 posted 07-14-2010 05:52 AM

Now that is more than a swing, really great project

-- Norman

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dedalo

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#12 posted 07-14-2010 11:46 PM

thanks to all the comments I’m planning to upgrade it with a small “house”, a monkey bar and a plastic spin slide… will see what comes from it..

-- http://carpinteriaenargentina.blogspot.com

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#13 posted 07-16-2010 02:16 AM

Very well done!!! Congratulations.
Muy bien hecho!!! Felicitaciones.

-- Our lives are marked and bound together by concentric rings. Martín - Argentina

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