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Project by tmiller posted 05-12-2009 03:33 AM 4610 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this to fit in the smaller part of my backyard outside our pool fence. I looked at as many online sets as possible and took what I thought were the best things from each. I saved a ton of money by being creative. I found this bigger slide free on craigslist. The rest of the plastic hardware I paid $25 for and brought back to life with a little spray paint. All of the side panels were cull lumber at Lowes $100. Having the tongue and groove panels really made the lower playhouse and roof look nice. I used regular pine and gave it a Heavy coat of Olympic Maximum Redwood Naturaltone exterior stain/sealer. I had fun building this with my dad and father-in-law for my kids Christmas present. Total project cost me about $400 since I found those deals. It would have cost 2 or 3 times that otherwise. I posted the video below on Christmas day so both sets of grandparents could see the kids play.


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#1 posted 05-12-2009 03:36 AM

Looks like fun good job


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#2 posted 05-12-2009 03:41 AM

Wow. $400. You did well. Most would have cost over $1000. Great job. Looks like the kids love it.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 05-12-2009 03:51 AM

You guys did a great job. Nicer than ones you can buy. Looks like the kids love it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 05-12-2009 04:04 AM

Good one!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#5 posted 05-12-2009 04:47 AM

Kids can play with this forever!
And the kids are so cute.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#6 posted 05-12-2009 11:58 AM

Great looking kids…you are blessed…....oh the play set looks good to, good job..

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#7 posted 05-12-2009 04:52 PM

What an incredible project. The video sums it all up. I love the design.

I purchased an outdoor playhouse from Costco last spring for just under $300. Much smaller than yours, no swings, ladders, etc. It has weather poorly and I seem to pick up panels and boards from the surrounding lawn each week. I decided that I’ll replace it with a homemade version. Thanks for posting. Great inspiration. What wood species is that?

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#8 posted 05-12-2009 08:55 PM


After reading quite a bit on line, the biggest problem with these sets is forgetting that they need resealed every year or two.

I built it out of pine 4×4, 2×6, and 2×4’s right off the shelf at Lowes.

Most companies lock their swing set plans up pretty tight but Swing-n-Slide posts theirs online. I used these online instructions to give me a ballpark idea of dimensions: Swing-n-Slide Yukon II plans.


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#9 posted 05-13-2009 05:29 PM


Thank you very much for the link. I agree with the resealing comment. I guess I knew that, but assumed otherwise. I’ll try and put some thought into a design and run it past the Mrs. to see if I am “allowed” to build something. :)

Take care and thanks again.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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