This step by step diy project is about airplane swing plans. I have designed this child aircraft swing so anyone can get the job done in a weekend. In addition, this project shouldn’t cost a fortune to make, especially if you have a few scrap boards laying around in the shop. Anyone can get the job done in just a few days, if you follow the step by step instructions and diagrams. Take a look over the rest of our woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
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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Airplane Swing Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 36″ long, 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 36″ long, 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 24 1/4″ long BODY
- B – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 32″ long, 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 7 1/4″ long WINGS
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10″ long ENGINE
- D – 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 15″ long, 1 piece – 6 1/2″ long TAIL
- E – 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 27 1/2″ long SEAT
- F – 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 6 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 3/4″ dowel – 8 3/4″ long HANDLE
- G – 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 10″ long PROPELLER
- 1 piece of 1×8 lumber – 6′
- 3 piece of of 1×6 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 4′
- 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 4′
- 1 1/4″ pocket screws
- 2″ screws, 2 1/2″ nails
- 3/4″ dowel
- wood glue, stain/paint, wood filler
- hanging kit
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How to build a child aircraft swing
The first step of the project is to build the sides for the airplane from 1×8 lumber.
Next, you need to make the notch for the tail wing. Mark the cut lines on the slats and get the job done with a saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Continue the project by making the framing for the airplane body. Use 2×4 lumber for the top support and 2×2 lumber for the bottom support. Make the cuts to the supports as shown in the diagram for a professional result.
Next, you need to assemble the body of the airplane. Add waterproof glue to the joints, drill pilot holes and insert 2″ screws to lock everything tightly. Align the edges flush before inserting the screws.
Next, you need to add the 2×4 parts to the front of the aircraft. Cut one end of the parts at 45 degrees for a neat result. Use waterproof glue and 2 1/2″ brad nails to secure the components into place.
Build the front wings from 1×6 lumber. Cut both ends of the wings in a decorative manner, using a jigsaw. Smooth the curved edges with 120-220 sandpaper for a professional result.
After building the front wings, you need to assemble them together by fitting the 2×4 vertical supports. Align the components together tightly, drill pilot holes through the wings and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the vertical supports.
Center the front wings to the body of the airplane, as shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes through the wings and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the body of the aircraft.
Next, build the seat and the tail wing for the child airplane swing. Use 1×4 lumber or the seat and 1×6 lumber for the back tail. Round the ends, as shown in the free woodworking plans.
Fit the seat and the tail into place with lots of waterproof glue and 2 1/2″ brad nails. Align everything with attention, for a professional result.
Build the tail from 1×6 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the piece of wood and get the job done with a saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper for a neat result.
Use waterproof and dowels or pocket holes to lock the tail into place tightly, after centering it accurately.
One of the last steps of the project is to build the handle for the outdoor child swing. Cut the component from a piece of 1×6 lumber and then cut out a 3/4″ hole, as shown in the plans. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Fit the handle to the top wing using glue and pocket 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure you align the handle support properly before inserting the screws.
Fit a 8 3/4″ long dowel to the handle, as shown in the plans (3/4″ in diameter). Drill a pilot hole through the handle support and insert a 2″ screws into the dowel.
If you really want to set the bar high with this outdoor project, you could also make a super simple propeller for the child airplane swing. Mark the cut lines to a piece of 1×3 lumber and get the job done with a jigsaw (you can use a piece of 1×4 lumber as well
). Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper. Drill a pilot hole through the propeller and insert a screws into the frame of the airplane.
After assembling the airplane swing, you need to take care of the finishing touches. I recommend you to smooth the sharp edges and to double check all the joints, so you make sure the structure is rigid and durable.
Fill the holes with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Smooth the surface with 120-200 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of stain or outdoor paint to protect the components from decay and to enhance the look of the project. In addition, you could also apply spar varnish to protect the wood from the elements.
Next, you need to hang the swing to a tree or to an A-frame stand. Make sure you pay attention to safety when making the connections between the swing and the stand.
This airplane swing is easy to build, but it will shortly become a conversation piece. In addition, you will put a big smile on your kids faces with this one of a long project. Check out the rest of the my free woodworking plans HERE. If you build this, I would love to see your project.
This woodworking project was about airplane swing plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.