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

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04-13-2011 07:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: 4x4 swing set children

Where can I look online for building a homemade 4×4 swingset? This swingset has to be sturdy enough for children older than 10yrs. Thanks.

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#1 posted 04-13-2011 07:42 AM

”This swingset has to be sturdy enough for children older than 10yrs”

You can just say it’s for you… we won’t judge you… Heck I still go on the swings at the park with my son… :-)

Honestly though, when I was designing my son’s playset, I did a google image search for playsets and also ordered a catalog from one of the manufacturers CedarWorks they are pretty intense and their catalog lists some dimensions that are useful for determining scale of components… They also have great photos of small details of each design that help in figuring out angles, joints, and hardware to use…

Some of their playsets are pretty intense…
Look at the bent laminations for the slides, massive arches in the roof trusses and even the arches in the bridges…

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#2 posted 04-13-2011 08:02 AM

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#3 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!

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#4 posted 10-08-2012 07:56 PM

I built my daughter a swing set about 3 years ago using some swing set plans. It saves you time and money

Good luck!

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