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Project by Bernie posted 07-12-2011 04:20 AM 4963 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My grand daughters needed a see saw and with all the negative information about how see saws are dangerous, I found a safer design that leaves no space for fingers. Like my son said, if you follow all recommendations, kids today would have to stay in a safe room with no furniture and toys. He and my daughter in law love it, not to mention my grand daughters who have me raped around their little fingers.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#1 posted 07-12-2011 05:10 AM

This turned out very nice! I’m sure your grand-daughters were ecstatic! Did you use any plans or do you have any additional pictures…I have two little ones that would love this!
I agree about all the new safety recommendations…we’ve played with alot worse growing up and still have all our fingers and toes.

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#2 posted 07-12-2011 05:13 AM

Nice looking project Bernie !
I would like to see more details on this and I also agree with your son.

Thanks for the post


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 07-12-2011 05:25 AM

As a former skinny little kid, I have many a fond memory of being launched into space by one of these devious contraptions!

Nice Job!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 07-12-2011 11:26 AM

I am going to use your design to make one for my two grandsons – unless yours live near mine in Indiana….

How long is that between ends? And, how tall at the center? And what are the base measurements?

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#5 posted 07-12-2011 01:17 PM

Great design would love to have more details.I was asked several years ago to make a few of these for a park but could not design it in a way to avoid pinch points. I would like to have more details

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#6 posted 07-12-2011 01:22 PM

Bernie, I am sure your grand daughters love it. This is a great addition for them to play on. It gets them outside and sure beats sitting in front of the tv playing video games. I am a little surprised that you don’t have to make two of them though- one for your house and one for the girls to play on at home. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 07-12-2011 03:44 PM

what was the old rhyme? Teeter Totter, bread and butter, wash your face in dirty water? duh, anyway, grandparents are suppose to be wrapped around their fingers… let the parents take responsibility…you just get to spoil them… and then return them when done.

My parents would be arrested today, for what they allowed me to do as a kid…

Nice job on the build…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#8 posted 07-12-2011 03:49 PM

I wish I could claim the design as my own, but it belongs to Woodworker’s Journal. Specifically, I got it out of their library set “Woodworking for the Family”. But the design is rather simple and easy to build. For copyright issues, I can’t reproduce it but I can say the beam is on a pivot block with a pipe in the center. The frame can be reproduced as seen. I would like to answer anymore questions. Love to see kids get outside!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#9 posted 11-26-2017 12:00 PM

Bernie, the kids will love this see saw. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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