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Project by Antti posted 1160 days ago 3770 views 9 times favorited 5 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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redryder

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#1 posted 1160 days ago

Lucky kids….....

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

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Monty Queen

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#2 posted 1159 days ago

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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Woodbutcher3

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#3 posted 1157 days ago

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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Antti

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#4 posted 1157 days ago

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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RexMcKinnon

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#5 posted 1154 days ago

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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