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Project by Antti posted 06-29-2011 09:27 PM 11497 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife suggested I make some sort of a jyngle gym for the kids. I agreed but warned her that it would take “a whole weekend”. Nine working days later (six days of my own time; three of those with my dad helping me) the contraption is ready (excluding the railings surrounding the deck, to be made of thick rope).

Made of Siberian Larch. My own design, using Google Sketchup (if somebody is interested, I can try to post the actual file). I tried to add strength during the building process by making the deck diagonally, and by adding some diagonal corner supports. I also tried to pay special attention not to create any spaces where a child’s neck or head could get into a bind; towards that purpose I filled the gap between the diagonal corner supports and the actual corner with diagonal thinner boards, and lifted the “skirt” of the climbing wall clear off the ground.

Hardest part by far was the foundations: Figuring out the vertical measurements on the ground with a self-made water-hose-level, and making & positioning the concrete feet in the right positions both vertically and horizontally. I built a separate jig that held in place the metal feet while the concrete (in up-side down turned buckets with their bottom cut out) hardened.





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#1 posted 06-29-2011 11:23 PM

Lucky kids….....

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 06-30-2011 01:24 PM

wow that is awesome it look realy nice. All you have to do is put a roof on it and you have a jungle gym tree house. I thik its cool.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#3 posted 07-02-2011 01:19 PM

Looks like great fun. My estimate would have been a weekend, too. But my wife automatically doubles or triples my estimate.

Say – can you tell us more about the dados in the big vertical timbers?

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#4 posted 07-02-2011 07:51 PM

The verticals are made of three separate boards; two larger boards sandwiching a smaller one in the middle. The horizontals rest on the middle one, and the “insides” of the outer boards have been routed to create a mortise for the horizontal (which thereby becomes a tenon?), or alternatively a hole for those horizontals which meet the face of the vertical. Hard to explain without a picture…

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#5 posted 07-05-2011 07:44 PM

Looks like your kids are going to have lots of fun.

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

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#6 posted 11-14-2014 08:13 PM

Can you post your plans? I’d like to build this for my son.

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#7 posted 11-16-2014 05:42 AM

We’re looking forward to building this, can’t wait to get the plans. Thanks again for posting this.

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Antti

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#8 posted 11-16-2014 12:39 PM

I don’t know how to post the sketch up file here, so if anybody else is interested I can email it directly upon request. All of the diagonal structures (the “triangles” you see in the main pictures, the diagonally set deck boards, and opposite diagonals underneath the deck) were added on-the-go to make the thing more rigid. Seemed to work, as it is still standing more than 3 years later.

Here are some detail photos of the joinery to help interpret the plans. The material is Larix sibirica, which does not need any finishing. It turns gray, but withstands the elements otherwise.



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#9 posted 11-16-2014 10:53 PM

I would love to have your plans for this!! This is awesome! Sassestacy@aol.com

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#10 posted 03-08-2015 02:02 PM

Very cool! Could you please email us your plans: maggiemags7@msn.com

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#11 posted 04-28-2015 01:54 PM

Fantastic gym for the kids! If you still have the plans available I would love to have a copy. B.baez@lycos.com

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#12 posted 05-26-2015 07:19 PM

This looks awesome. I’m sure my little climber would love it. May I please have the plans? kgrodin@outlook.com
Thanks!

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