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Construct a children's playground

  • Difficulty Level: hammer hammer hammer hammer
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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
    Intermediate Do-It-Yourselfer - Moderate
    Experienced Do-It-Yourselfer - Difficult
    Professional - Expert
  • Completion Time : Week-end Project

Every child loves to play on a swingset. Create a playground paradise in your own backyard and be the envy of the neighbourhood. Complete with a slide, swing and sandbox, the children in your life will be entertained outdoors for hours at a time.
The overall playground measures roughly 18' wide by 14' deep and 10' high. This backyard playground might be a welcomed challenge for the intermediate DIY-er and could easily be tackled by the expert.
The playground requires a substantial amount of wood and hardware, making it a higher costing project. However, with a handful of out-of-pocket resources, a free weekend and a determined carpenter, the finished product (and smiles on those faces) will be well worth the investment!

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Tools and materials required

TOOLS

  • 3/8" bit
  • 1/2" bit
  • 3" hole saw
  • Bevel square (optional)
  • Circular saw
  • Compass (optional)
  • Drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Mitre saw (optional)
  • Sandpaper
  • Screwdriver
  • Square
  • Tape measure
     

MATERIALS

  • 2 treated-wood borders 2" x 10" x 10'
  • 1 treated-wood border 2" x 10" x 14'
  • 4 treated-wood posts 6" x 6" x 12'
  • 1 treated-wood board 2" x 8" x 14'
  • 3 treated-wood posts 4" x 4" x 14'
  • 1 treated-wood piece 2" x 6" x 8'
  • 1 treated-wood board 1 ¼" x 6" x 8'
  • 2 treated-wood beams 2" x 6" x 12'
  • 1 treated-wood joist 2" x 6" x 8'
  • 4 treated-wood joists 2" x 6" x 14'
  • 8 treated-wood boards 1 ¼" x 6" x 12'
  • 2 treated-wood boards 2" x 6" x 10'
  • 32 treated-wood railings 2" x 2" x 32"
  • 1 spruce piece 2" x 2" x 8"
  • 1treated-wood piece 2" x 4" x 8'
  • 10 joist hangers 2" x 6"
  • 2 handles
  • 2 spruce joists 2" x 4" x 14"
  • 1 spruce joist piece 2" x 6" x 8"
  • 5 treated-wood boards 1 ¼" x 6" x 10'
  • 1 treated-wood board 1 ¼" x 4" x 8'
  • 2 treated-wood board 1 ¼" x 4" x 10'
  • 1 treated-wood beam 6" x 6" x 14'
  • 2 treated-wood plywood sheets ½"
  • 1 treated-wood reinforcement piece 2" x 4" x 8'
  • 1 treated-wood reinforcement piece 2" x 4" x 8'
  • 4hooks and bolts
  • 32 linear feet of chain (or nylon cable)
  • 4 “U” hooks and bolts
  • 5 pounds 3 ½" Ardox galvanized nails
  • 2 pounds 1 ½" Ardox galvanized nails
  • 4 - 3/8" x 3 ½" galvanized lag screws
  • 4 - 3/8" galvanized washers
  • 16 -3/8" x 3 ½" galvanized lag screws
  • 16 - 3/8" galvanized washers
  • 4 - 3/8" x 3 ½" galvanized lag screws
  • 4 -3/8" galvanized washers
  • 4- 3/8" x 3 ½" galvanized lag screws
  • 4 - 3/8" galvanized washers
  • 4 - ½" x 10" galvanized carriage bolts
  • 4 - ½" galvanized washers
  • 4 - ½" galvanized nuts
  • 10 - 3 ½" exterior type screws
  • 700 - 2 ½" exterior type screws
  • 200 - 2" exterior type screws

Before Assembly

ELEVATION(S)

Elevation of the children playground structure in the backyard

 

NOTE ON TREATED WOOD

Treated wood should be handled with precautions.

  • Wear gloves and long sleeves when handling treated wood to avoid skin contact and to protect against splinters.
  • Wear dust mask, eye protection, gloves and long sleeves when sawing, sanding or shaping treated wood to avoid skin contact with or inhalation of sawdust, to protect against splinters and to protect eyes from flying particles. When making cross cuts, use a cut sealer as the factory-treatment rarely goes to the heartwood.

During construction:

  • Apply a wood preservative on the cut ends.
  • Use nails, screws, bolts, connectors and other hardware resistant to corrosion: stainless steel, hot-dipped galvanized, yellow zinc or other hardware specially coated for outdoor use. Ordinary fasteners will rust, causing unsightly stains and weakening the structure, ultimately causing it to fail.
  • Make certain the wood is thoroughly dry before painting or staining, and follow the coating manufacturer's recommendations. Use only good quality oil or acrylic coatings on water repellent pressure treated wood.
  • Stain or apply a water repellent coating on a regular basis to seal the wood: every two years for floors, every four years for other structures.
  • Do not dispose of treated wood remnants or sawdust in compost heaps, wood chips, or mulch. Do not use it as animal bedding or litter.
  • Never burn treated wood.
     

 

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