Table of Contents
- 2Dimension plans
- 3The pieces - cutting list
- 4Wood & wood size explanations
- 5Step 1. Attach base pieces [b] to upright pieces [a]
- 6Step 2. Add base pieces [c] and [b2]
- 7Step 3. Tie it all together (optional)
- 8Step 4. Prepare the beam
- 9Step 5. Attach the beam to the Stand
- 10Step 6. Make the seat frames
- 11Step 7. Add the seat handles & pads
- 12Step 8. A bit of paint if you like, and the pad bolt
Timber, lumber. The hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees & wood size explanations
The measurements throughout this project are given in both standard (inches) and Millimeter measurements. (millimetres).
The standard measurements (inches) are given first followed by their metric equivalents in brackets.
Use a Pressure treated. Refers to lumber that is treated in such a way that the sealer is forced into the pores of the wood. Refers to lumber pressure sprayed with chemicals to lengthen its life expectancy for outside use or inground applications. Surfaced; planed; smooth; even surface; gauged. (See Dressed., dimensional) wood. Dressed wood will actually be less than the sizes (width, thickness) given in this documentation.
Make any necessary allowances – easy peasy.
How strong to be!
My grandkids tend to be a bit rough-and-tumble when it comes to using the play structures I make for them.
To compensate, I pretty much tie everything together with Covered with a protective coating of zinc. Short lengths of metal strap 25×1 (1/16×1) used to fix members together to resist uplift. or similar fastenings to ensure minimal give or pull. I like to make sure the things I make are going to be around for a while and are able to take any punishment likely to be dished out to them.
Such fastenings are optional for this project. Good glue and screws alone should suffice in a gentle world, but,… by using the extra fastenings, for little extra cost you can have a much stronger unit. it’s entirely up to you.
Make and use at your own risk.
Many a mishap has occurred on a seesaw so all due care should be taken.
Kids should be supervised by a responsible person (assuming you can find one).
A tire under each end of the seesaw can take away a bit of the jar when one kid jumps off quickly without warning (usually on purpose) while the other’s up in the air.
Baring all that, there’s a lot of fun to be had.