Mediocre Swingset

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Project by BinghamtonEd posted 02-06-2013 08:23 PM 1601 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a swingset that I just finished for my wife’s students. They are doing a production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and needed a swingset. The requirements were that it needed to be able to hold two high school students, and could not be fastened to the stage. The kids will also only be allowed to swing forward and backwards a foot or two.

Construction is 4×4’s, 2×4’s and carriage bolts. All horizontal braces are notched into the legs to take the bulk of the load off the bolts, and the top is notched to slide into the A-frames, and to provide some shear support. Took about 5 hours to complete, and suprisingly it all went together at assembly time, because I did not have space in my garage to assemble before it got to the school. It is strong enough to support myself and one other adult (a combined 425lbs) and does not rock or wobble. I don’t know why the top looks bowed in the picture, but it is not.

Best of all, the wife is happy, and bought me a bottle of scotch as payment. Can’t complain. I also got rid of a bunch of unwanted scraps by making a miniature baby grand piano for Schroeder.

Again, not a work of art, but it’s made of wood, and for a good cause.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 08:48 PM

It’s great when your craft can help out w/ a project like this. While not fine furniture, something to be proud of for sure.

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 09:35 PM

Nice job, Ed. That’s great you could do that for the school.

-- Kyle

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 02:12 PM

Wife and the kids are happy and lucky because you shared your talents through your well made projects. Way to go!

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