So I have mentioned in a couple of posts now that we've been spending some time working on building a play set... We originally found inspiration from Carmel who writes a great little blog called OurFifthHouse. Well, we sill have the stairs to build and an additional swing to purchase, but here's the play set!
If you're interested in building your own, here is what we ended up purchasing for all of our lumber:
For the swing structure:
(2) 6"x6"x10' --vertical structures
(1) 4"x6"x12' --horizontal beam
(6) 1/2x6" Galvanized Lag Screws --to assemble the swing set unit
Scrap 2"x6" to add extra support on front and back between horizontal and vertical pieces
(3) Playset Heavy Duty Swing Hangers with included hardware
6 feet of extra straight link chain to lengthen the swings
2 play swings, 1 baby swing
For the supports of the play house:
(3) 4"x4"x10' --3 support feet (the fourth leg is the 6"x6" used for the swings)
(8) 2"x8"x8' --joists
For the actual deck floor:
6 pounds of 3-1/2" Coated Deck Screws
We are going to carve or paint a tic-tac-toe board into the top of the tree stump so the kiddos can find pine cones, rocks, twigs, etc. to use as their game pieces. We may eventually make a table top with a checkered board, too.
For the fence around the deck:
(17) 1"x6"x6' --Picket fence posts cut in half to give use (33) 3 foot posts around the deck.
(8) 2"x4"x8' --two rows around the deck to attach the fence posts
(3) 1"x4"x8' --to finish up the top of the fence
(2) 4"x4" --to allow for the openings for the slide and stairs
2 pounds of 1-1/4"Coated Deck Screws
Hopefully we'll be able to give detailed instructions in a future post on how we constructed and attached the stairs & hand rail very soon.
For the stairs:
(1) 4"x4"x10' --to support the handrail and to attach the stairs to the ground
(2) 2"x10"x8' --to cut out the stair stringers
(1) 2"x8"x10' --to cut each stair step.
For the hand rail:
(10) 80lb bags of Quikrete
(2) .5cu ft bags of all purpose stone
(1) green slide
(3) 5/16"x3"Galvanized Carriage Bolts & Nuts --attach the slide to decking
3/8x5" galvanized lag screws
5/16x4" galvanized lag screws
So far this monstrosity has been a HUGE hit with the kiddos! I'm so excited to share the final details with you later!
Do you wan to see the first phase of building? You can find that here: Building the Swing Set
You can find some more details here: Finishing Touches for the Swing Set Club House
Check out what we did with the tree stump: Tree Trunk Tic-Tac-Toe