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Introduction | Measurements used | Description
How to build a multipurpose frame that can be used as a brachiation ladder (monkey bars),
a swing frame, and as it turned out – even a frame to hold a bench swing.
This was another project instigated by my grandkids. They wanted something where they could climb and swing.
This project is written in both standard (inch) and Millimeter measurements. (Abbreviation for millimeter which is a metric unit of length equal to one thousandth of a meter. 25.4 mm equals one inch.).
The standard measurements are given first followed by the metric measurements in brackets.
For example: 2×3 (75mm x 50mm)
Also note, the standard (inch) measurements are not an
exact match to their equivalent metric (mm) counterparts for rounding off purposes – so use one or the other and don’t mix.
Safety note: Kids (and adults) can be very boisterous at times. This is a relatively lightweight structure.
A couple of kids swinging high in unison could possibly tip the unit.
This is a relatively lightweight structure and inexpensive to build. The frame is constructed out of 2×3 (75mm x 50mm) Timber, lumber. The hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees.
That stock size is not too common in North America. If you cannot source that size wood, another option is to A cut lengthwise along a board that also runs with the grain. (As opposed to cross-cut.) (cut length wise)
2×6 (150mm x 50mm) stock in half, or even upgrade to 2×4 (100mm x 50mm).
The unit stands 85 5/8″ (2140mm) high to the top of the bars, it is 125″ (3125mm) long,
and 72 3/4″ (1820mm) wide.