This step by step diy woodworking project is about simple swing set plans. The project features instructions for building a wooden swing set with a minimalist design. However, if you want to help your kids spend more time outdoor, building this swing set could be exactly what you are looking for. Make sure you take a look over the rest of plans to see alternatives and more projects for your garden. Premium Plans available for this project in the Shop.
You should notice my plans come with 3D diagrams, detailed instructions and a complete Cut / Shopping list. The plans are PDF download and Print friendly, so you can take them with you in the garden. However, remember that all my plans are for personal use only!
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Simple Swing Set Plans
Cut + Shopping List
- A – 2 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 108″ long POSTS
- B – 1 piece of 6×6 lumber – 82″ long BEAM
- C – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 16 1/4″ long BRACES
- 2 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 10′
- 1 piece of 6×6 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 4′
- 6 pieces of 6″ carriage bolts
- concrete mix
Step 1: Setting the Wooden Posts for Swing Set
For this project, we recommend you to use 6×6 lumber. First of all, cut the posts at 9′ if you want to set the posts 2′ into the ground or at 10′ if you want to set them 3′ into the ground.
As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to make notches to the top of the posts. Use a saw to make parallel cuts inside the marked area and remove the excess with a chisel. Smooth the recess with sandpaper.
Next, set the posts into concrete for about 2-3′. Use a post hole digger to make the holes. Set tube forms into the holes and fit the posts into place. Use a spirit level to plumb the posts and lock them temporarily into place with braces. Fill the tube forms with concrete and let it dry out for several days.
In addition, you need to layout the other post, as shown in the plans. Also, make sure the top of the posts are horizontal.
Step 2: Attaching the top beam
Next, build the top beam for the garden swing from 6×6 lumber. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to make notches to the beam. Smooth the recess with a chisel and with sandpaper. In addition, make 45 degree cuts to both ends of the beams, in order to get a decorative effect.
Additionally, fit the top beam to the posts, as shown in the plans. Make sure there are no gaps between the components and use a spirit level to check if the posts are vertical and if the top beam is horizontal. Drill pilot holes through the posts and through the beam. Insert 6″ carriage bolts to lock the components together tightly.
Step 2: Setting the braces
In order to enhance the rigidity of the swing stand, you need to attach 4×4 braces, as shown in the plans. Cut both ends of the braces at 45 degrees and fit them to the frame. However, drill pilot holes and lock them into place using 3 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square before inserting the screws, for a professional result.
Lastly, fill the holes with wood putty and let them dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 100-200 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth. Apply a few coats of stain or paint to enhance the look of the swing set. Install the swings using appropriate hardware. You can place a larger swing or two smaller ones.
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