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Project by Brian posted 04-23-2013 08:51 PM 2497 views 8 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My little girl turns 3 this weekend and loves to play outside. For her birthday, I promised her a “park” in the backyard. After looking at multiple swingsets and realizing that those people have lost their minds wanting $2000 for a cheap kit, I decided to build my own.

I set all 4×4’s in 18” of concrete and then put 2×6s bolted with 1/2 inch bolts for the support to make the two 4ft by 4 ft decks. It’s pretty much built the same way that one would go about building an elevated deck. Because the upper platform is a little over 5 feet off the ground, I went with 2×4 railing instead of the smaller spindles. It took me about 3 days to build which was well worth the savings. The hardest part was putting together that (%& slide.

Summary:

Slide ~ $400 (119 bolts just to make it a tube in case anyone is wondering)
Swings ~ $150
Wood ~ $350
Nuts/Bolts/Screws ~ $100

I saved about $1,000 and have a much stronger and better built swing-set than I could have gotten for more than twice the money. The thought that my little girl will be able to look back at what her daddy made for her as a kid is just an added bonus!

-- "The doctor said I should drink more for my mental health. By the way, I now refer to myself as, The Doctor."





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BTimmons

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 09:04 PM

Nice job. Nothing better than smiles from your kid.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#2 posted 04-23-2013 09:06 PM

That’s really magnificent! I bet you had so much and excitement in making this sweet project! Looks sturdy! Well done.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#3 posted 04-23-2013 09:44 PM

That is awesome! You have one lucky kid and I’m sure all the neighborhood kids will be wanting to come over to your place now.

Where did you get the slide?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 04-23-2013 10:11 PM

Are the posts for the A-frame set in concrete as well? Or are they just on the surface. I’m trying to make something very similar and am having a hard time not over-engineering the heck out of it (and driving up the cost).

Also, how did you attach the swing beam to the main platform? Everything I’ve found wants some sort of special bracket which just adds to the cost.

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 10:21 PM

Cool playset for a little cutie! I built one for my girls when they were 3 and 8. They still remember it today (they’re 32 and 37 now)

Good job Dad!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 04-23-2013 10:55 PM

Great job.

-- Todd

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#7 posted 04-23-2013 11:05 PM

Looks great!!! and… @Brandon… Swing-N-Slide 5-foot Green Turbo Tube Slide

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#8 posted 04-23-2013 11:29 PM

Sweet, thanks Sandy. And it’s made in the USA, too! My little one is still too little for one of these, but in the next couple of years I’ll be considering it.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 04-24-2013 12:00 AM

This is excellent. I have a son turning 3 this summer and I have been looking at expensive made in china sets as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

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#10 posted 04-24-2013 12:32 AM

Sandy beat me to the link. (We were too busy playing outside.) I purchased all of my plastic pieces from the local Home Depot. They actually have a decent selection and price here.

@vtfan99 : I did not set the a-frame in concrete. By doubling up on 2×6s, it’s really heavy. I did leave the bottoms square to help dig into the ground. I purchased two ‘L’ brackets for about $2 each to attach to the platform. I used easy brackets for the a-frame. If you look at the sets you buy, they aren’t attached by much.

@mackcr : Build it. It didn’t take me much longer than what I’ve heard some people spend putting a pre-made together. It’s also a nice break from high detail builds.

-- "The doctor said I should drink more for my mental health. By the way, I now refer to myself as, The Doctor."

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#11 posted 04-24-2013 01:35 AM

great swing set,it’s something to be proud of and it’ll last a long time.
i built my daughter one about 2 1/2 years ago for her birthday,when she turned 3.
i just couldn’t pay the price of a boxed one,and they where no where as sturdy.
several people told me i was crazy not to just buy one but they changed there mind when i finished.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#12 posted 04-24-2013 02:02 AM

Awesome play set

-- Norman

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#13 posted 04-24-2013 02:07 AM

Awesome swingset! I have been wanting to build my daughter one since her 3rd bday last year…hopefully this year!

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#14 posted 04-24-2013 02:08 AM

I am amazed at the prices of swings and slides. Those companies have to be making a killing!

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#15 posted 04-24-2013 02:46 AM

My nieces would love something that….I could be uncle of the year if I built one of those

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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