A play area with a wooden swing set can add a lot of beauty to a landscape. The rugged look of a wooden swing set will look nice in your yard, and the set itself will provide many years of entertainment. The best part about building a wooden swing set is that you can always add on to it later. A few years down the road, you easily add a new swing, a see-saw, a set of monkey bars or even a bigger slide.
A wooden swing set will generally last much longer than any other type of swing set. This means added value for you as you build your own. Typically, a wooden swing set that is built early in a child's life will only need a little work done to it in order to grow with the child.
Building Your Own Wooden Swing Set
You can buy kits that are pre-fabricated and can go together like any other type of swing set. This option is a good one, but you can also build your own wooden swing set quite easily with a few common tools. Make your model as elaborate as you want. The key is to think about future features.
Clearing the Area
To begin your wooden swing set, clear away the section of your yard that will be your play area. You can rent a sod cutter or use a shovel. You can cut out a decorative pattern or a basic rectangle.
Dig the Post Holes
This type of wooden swing set will be one that you can easily add on to in the future. To do that you will need to dig 6 post holes about 18 inches deep. They will be 4 feet apart on the ends and 6 feet apart lengthwise.
Set the posts in the holes. Make sure they are sticking out with 8 feet of height. Level them and secure with the quick-dry cement.
Attach Cross Beams
To complete the frame of the structure, place 4-foot crossbeams in between each set of posts. They will look like an upside down 'U' when done. Secure by drilling holes for the lag bolts and countersinking them ½-inch.
Use the ratchet to drive in the lag bolts, keeping the cross beams level.
In between each 6 foot span, in the middle of the previous 4 foot cross beams, attach one that runs down the center of the swing set. Attach in the same method with lag bolts countersunk ½-inch.
Attach Swings and Rope
With the hardware provided, attach the chains for the swings to the upper beam, two on one 6-foot section.
One the other section, attach a strong rope with knots tied every 8 to 10 inches for climbing.