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How to make
A swinging seesaw
swinging see-saw project



Swinging seesaw project Related topics:
bullet Support frame
bullet Tree house
arrow Page one: Introduction - Plans - Cutting list
bullet Page two: Instructions
bullet Page three: Instructions - User comments

Is it a seesaw? Is it a swing? No! It's a swinging seesaw... I think! Well, at least it has a sort of a seesaw look about it and it does swing. One thing is for sure, the kids love riding on it and it really rides well. Kids from around four years old up (even I've had a go on it!) will be able to use it but the younger ones will need adult supervision just in case they get a bit too vigorous.

Safety note: This thing can really move and a couple of fearless kids could swing it up to an unsafe height. Adult supervision is recommended.

The frame is made out of 90mm x 45mm (1 1/2" x 3 1/2") stock and the seats are made out of 18mm (3/4") thick plywood. That, plus a bit of dowel (round wood), half a dozen bolts and a few nails is about all you need.

Below are the plans and below that is a drawing of every piece (the cutting list).
On the next page are the project instructions.

About the lumber and dimensions.
All dimensions are in both Metric (mm) and Imperial (inches).
The size (width and thickness) of the lumber referred to throughout this project is the actual size.
That is the size of the lumber when it has been dressed, planed and/or seasoned.
When the lumber has been dressed, planed and/or seasoned it is then called the 'actual size' which is the true size.
Before the lumber has been dressed, planed and/or seasoned it is called the 'nominal size'.
For example: 100x50 (2x4) when dressed may become 90x45 (1 1/2"x 3 1/2") actual size.
Most countries using the Metric system generally put the bigger numeral first, such as 100x50 (mm), whereas those using the Imperial system generally put the smaller numeral first, such as 2x4 (inches).

The Plans
the plans for a swinging see-saw
The Cutting List
the cutting list for a swinging see-saw
Apart from the wood in the drawings above you will also need...
bullet four 10mm (3/8") carriage bolts about 150mm (6') long, but check the length when doing the project.
bullet Two 12mm (1/2") carriage bolts about 150mm (6') long, but check the length when doing the project.
bullet Some strong rope or chain about 12 meters (40 ft) long, but check the length when doing the project.

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