02 Aug. 2008|
Diy wooden swing set,diy desks plans,plans for building a garage - Try Out
I would worry about lateral bracing if I was to do this - I would seriously consider adding boards (2x4 would probably do) criss-crossing top and bottom between the top and bottom stretchers on the playhouse on the same side as the swing would go on as the swing, in use, will put a LOT of lateral stress on the playhouse and possibly pull the whole thing down since there really isn't anything much keeping the house from going sideways.
I don”t see pictures, material list, step by step instructions for the A frame swing at the beginning of the article.
The easiest swing set to build I guess is the blue one on top… doesn’t require too many skills or too many materials and it looks quite nice!
DIY HammocksAt least three seasons of the year, a hammock can be your best friend in the garden.
I am not sure what exactly kind of metal brackets you mean -- but you would need ones *expressly designed* for constructing an A-frame swingset.
The thing is, in order to make a strong stable swingset you need some rather exact and complex multiple angles where the legs meet each other and the top beam. If you were wanting to build the whole thing out of wood, there are various different designs (plans available in better-stocked hardware stores, in books in your local library, in books through interlibrary loan, and presumably on the internet tho I cannot recommend any in particular).
Whether to make the top beam a 4x4, 4x6, or doubled (or tripled) 2x lumber depends on what forces you're expecting the swingset to withstand, how long the unsupported part of the beam, and what kind of hardware you are intending to use for hanging the swings from. It *can* be done with wood, but unless you are using quite large wood and serious wood joinery, honestly your best bet is to chase the pennies out of the sofa cushions and buy the specially-designed metal brackets. There is not very much keeping it from flexing from end to end (imagine a kid swinging *sideways* on a swing, as kids are wont to do, and the forces that exerts on the frame) - basically just one bolt in tension on each end, which is not a very strong arrangement.
If you want the outdoors to compete with the computer, the video games and the cell phones, you might want to consider making at least one of these incredible DIY kids outdoor play-sets. Yes, these are all DIY and have complete tutorials with them, and most are less expensive than buying the boring pre-made versions from Home Depot. Make sure the header is level and if needed, dig with the shovel under the legs until the swing set header is level.