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Project by Thepps posted 04-07-2011 03:47 AM 2835 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just completed this playset for my 20 month old son (Benjamin). It’s a little big for him, but he’ll grow into it. Made completely out of treated pine. Skim planed to remove surface imperfections that are common with treated pine, then all edges rounded over and sanded. Built completely from scratch. Found what I liked from several different playsets and combined them into what I wanted. Stained with a translucent deck stain (Cabot – Pacific Redwood).

Stands 13’ tall. Platform height is 5’6” and about 5’ square. About 20’ long total. Built heavy duty. Platform should hold about 800 pounds, so adults can play as well.

Includes slide, rope ladder, rock wall, deep sandbox, two swings and a glider.

So far, the little guy likes it. :)

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#1 posted 04-07-2011 03:36 PM

Wonderful project, nothing beats a fun project that will result in years of enjoyment and many smiles
that will stay with you. Now that you have started this slippery slope, what are you going to build
for the family and him next? Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 04-07-2011 10:19 PM

Cool, where did you get the hardware?

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#3 posted 04-07-2011 11:16 PM

Good on ya Thepps, that smile I saw there says it all.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#4 posted 04-08-2011 02:02 AM

Thanks. Bought the hardware from several different places. Bought the swings, glider, and some triangle metal plates used off Craigslist. Slide is the giant cool wave slide. Got it at Do it Best. Galvanized bolts, washers, etc from Torque washers form Deck screws and angle irons (for A-Frame) from Ace Hardware. I painted them so they would not rust.
3/4” nylon rope and climbing rocks off ebay. I think that covers everything…

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#5 posted 04-08-2011 02:07 AM

Wow that is amazing.
A few months ago I passed our old house where my boys grew up and saw the tree house I built them (out of scrap) is still there after 12 years, and looks like its still being used. Yours is much better built and more sturdy than mine so I expect it will be there for a few more ‘Bens”

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#6 posted 04-08-2011 03:33 AM

Absolutely COOL. This makes my girls play set look soooo lame! It was a craiglist find with a few Daddy mods. It now has a roof and covered sandbox. Enjoy every minute you can with Ben and any siblings he might drag home. Great job Dad!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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