16' kids swingset

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This is one of the 16’ children’s swingsets we build. It is built from Yellawood treated lumber. No one around here carries a 4 by 6 by 16’ beam so we have to laminate two 2 by 6’s together. The legs are 4 by 4, with 2 by 10, 4 by 4 and 2 by 6 braces. The steps are 2 by 4’s space wide apart. We have found out over the years that if something is to easy to climb on children don’t like it. The platform is 5/4 decking and we make the swing seats and trapeze bar ourselves. We use glue, nails, screws, lag bolts and thru eye bolts for assembly. The girls have sold seven of them in the last two weeks since we started back building them. Of the outdoor items we build for kid’s, these are the best seller’s, especially at income tax refund time, when school is out for the summer and we sell bunches of them at Christmas time.
Unfortunely, Dad is still having to build these, the girls havn’t got this far yet. Don’t know why, it’s fun trying to get wet 4 by 4’s attached to a beam when they feel like they weigh a hundred pounds each. Gotta, go, got 2 to build today.

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#1 posted 04-30-2010 09:14 PM

Yea them little ones love to climb and swing and its good for them as well. Whats Yellawood? Is that pine or spruce or some soft wood?

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#2 posted 04-30-2010 09:19 PM

Yellawood is southern yellow pine treated that is the light color, almost looks like it is not even treated. When I talk about the girls, its my grown daughters. They are taking over my business. While they build the swings, chairs and other smaller items, Dad is still building the larger ones for now.

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#3 posted 04-30-2010 10:38 PM

That looks very nice! I like the light color of that wood. Swing sets are great for kids! I built one for our kids about 15 yrs ago and they slap wore it out. I remembered as a kid a metal swing set at local park where the main beam was very high and chains were real long. The huge arc of the swing was really fun. I used that idea and built it tall. I had to use 5’ extension chains on the standard swing seat kits you can buy. Guess we were lucky nobody ever flipped out and had to go to ER.

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#4 posted 05-01-2010 04:55 AM

I could’ve used one of those a few years ago when my kids were smaller. Looks like a really good/well built set.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#5 posted 05-01-2010 05:01 AM


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

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#6 posted 05-02-2010 05:44 AM

Looks good. I bet they will pick up on that as thier confidence as wood workers grows.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#7 posted 05-02-2010 01:58 PM

Looks good. Sounds like a good business to be in.

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