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Posted on Where can I look online for building a homemade 4x4 swingset ?

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#1 posted 04-14-2011 04:00 AM

I built a swing set for my kids about 15 years ago and it still supports my 15 year old son when he swings on it. I used a 4×6 for the swing support beam and a 4×6 A-frame to support the beam. The cross bar on the A-frame was 1/4 lapped with a 4×4 (rout 3/4” from each piece so you don’t lose too much wood but nothing slides. I used 3/8” and 1/2” galvanized carriage bolts in counterbored holes to hold everything together.

Use pictures as a guide and design the kinds of things you see your kids enjoying at the playground in your set. I recommend using carriage bolts over lag bolts/wood screws as they can be retightened every year and resist the shifting stresses to which a swingset is subjected.

Round over the sharp corners to resist splinters and give it a good sanding and recoat with an oil stain or wood preservative (like Thomson’s) at least once a year and you’ll get a lifetime of enjoyment from your set too!

-- Tim from MA -- "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franlin

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