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This step by step diy woodworking project is about outdoor playset with swing and slides plans. This kids playset design features two forts joined together by a bridge. In addition, this project features a swing and a climbing wall. Overall, this is a complex project so I split the free drawing in 2 separate Plans. You can make modifications to my plans so it suits your needs. If you enjoy my design, don’t forget to take a look over the rest of my free plans HERE.

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Kids Playset with Slide Plans

Building a playset with swing and fort

Building a playset with swing and fort

 

  • A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 132″ long, 1 piece – 65″ long POSTS
  • B – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 72″ long, 2 pieces – 48″ long FRAME
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long, 3 pieces – 72″ long FRAME
  • D – 13 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 48″ long FLOOR
  • E – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 37 1/2″ long RAFTERS
  • F – 12 pieces of 1×6 – 72″ long, 1 piece of 1×2 lumber – 72″ long ROOF
  • G – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long, 2 pieces – 72″ long, 2 pieces – 43″ long, 1 piece – 60 3/4″ long,  RAILS
  • H – 21 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 22″ long RAILINGS
  • I – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 36″ long, 3 pieces – 24″ long LADDER
  • J – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long POSTS
  • K – 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 48″ long FRAME
  • L – 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long FRAME
  • M – 9 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 41″ long FLOOR
  • N – 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 37 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 56 1/2″ long RAFTERS
  • O – 12 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 48″ long, 1 piece of 1×2 lumber – 48″ long ROOF
  • P – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber- 48″ long, 2 pieces – 11″ long, 2 pieces – 19″ long, 2 pieces – 24″ long4 pieces – 30 1/4″ long RAILS
  • R – 10 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 22″ long RAILINGS

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How to build a wood playground

Frames for tall tower

Frames for tall tower

The first step of the project is to build the frames for the tall tower of the playset. Use 2×4 lumber for the floor frame and 1×6 lumber for the base frame. I recommend you to use 1x6s for the base frame because you can use that later on, as a sandbox. If not, you can use 1x4s or even 2x4s.

Assembling the frame of the tall tower

Assembling the frame of the tall tower

Next, we are going to attach the frames to the 4×4 posts. Make sure the corners are square and clamp the frames to the posts. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws for each joint. Use 4 screws for each joint.

Remember that we need to anchor the posts to the ground. You can choose from several options. You can set the posts directly into concrete for about 2 ft, or you can pour concrete footings and use anchors. The plans are designed considering the second option. Plumb the posts with a spirit level. Attach the 4×4 support to one side of the fort, because we’re going to build the bridge on that.

Floor slats - tall tower

Floor slats – tall tower

Use 1×6 lumber for the floor of fort. Place a piece of 1/4″ plywood between the slats to create even gaps. You need the gaps for drainage. Drill pilot holes through the slats and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them to the frame tightly.

Rafters - tall tower

Rafters – tall tower

Use 2×4 lumber for the rafters. Make 45 degree cuts to both ends of the rafters.

Fitting the rafters - tall tower

Fitting the rafters – tall tower

Fit the rafters to the top of the posts. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock them to the top of the posts. In addition, lock the rafters together with screws, after drilling pilot holes.

Roof slats - tall tower

Roof slats – tall tower

Fit 1×6 slats to the top of the roof. Leave no gaps between the slats and add glue to the joints. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the slats to the rafters. Fit the 1×2 slat to the top of the roof.

Tall tower - rails part 2

Tall tower – rails part 2

Next, we’ll tackle the railings for the tall fort of the outdoor playset plans. Therefore, use 2×4 lumber for the rails. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock the rails to the frame of the fort, as shown in the diagram.

Rails for tall tower

Rails for tall tower

Fit the other rails to the tower frame. Notice the right side of the tower. Here we’re going to install a large slider, so you should remember that you might adjust their location according to the product you use.

Building the stairs for the tall tower

Building the stairs for the tall tower

We also need to frame stairs for the tall tower. There will be a bridge between the tall and short forts and we need the stairs to access the former. Therefore, use 2×4 lumber for the steps and frame. Assemble the frame for the stairs on a level surface with 2 1/2″ screws. Fit the stairs into place, drill pilot holes through the left support and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the steps. Secure the right stringer to the post with 2 1/2″ screws.

Railings 3 - tall tower

Railings 3 – tall tower

Fit 1×4 slats to the rails. Make sure you space the slats as even as possible. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock the slats to the rails. You can cut a piece of wood to 2 3/8″ and use it as spacer when installing the slats.

Railings 2 - tall tower

Railings 2 – tall tower

Fit the slats to the other side of the tower.

Railings 1 - tall tower

Railings 1 – tall tower

And more slats to install.

Tall tower for outdoor playset

Tall tower for outdoor playset

Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the components to protect them from the elements. You can also staple landscape fabric to the inside of the bottom frame and fill it with sand.

 

 

Building the short fort for the playset

Frames for short tower

Frames for short tower

We are going to build the short tower for the playset in the same manner described above. First, build the 2 frames. 1×6 lumber for the bottom frame and 2×4 lumber for the floor frame. Drill pilot holes and assemble everything with 2 1/2″ screws. Align the edges and make sure the corners are right angled.

Assembling the short tower

Assembling the short tower

Attach the 4×4 posts to the frames. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges, before inserting the 3 1/2″ screws. Also, remember we need to anchor the posts to the footings with hardware.

Floor slats - short tower

Floor slats – short tower

Attach the 1×6 slats to the floor frame. Fit a piece of 1/4″ plywood between the slats to create even gaps. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the slats into place. Align the slats at both ends before inserting the screws.

Cutting Rafters for short tower

Cutting Rafters for short tower

Build the rafters for the short tower. Make 45 degree cuts to the 2×4 beams. We will need 1 piece of the 56 1/2″ long rafter and 5 pieces of the 37 1/2″ long rafters. We need the long rafter to hold the swing we are going to build in PART 2.

Rafters for short tower

Rafters for short tower

Join the rafters together in a A frame. Align the edges, drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock the to the top of the posts.

Roof slats - short tower

Roof slats – short tower

Fit the 1×6 slats to the top of the fort. Add glue between the slats and leave no gaps between them. Align the slats at both ends. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the slats to the rafters.

Rails for short tower

Rails for short tower

Next, we need to attach the supports for the railings. Use 2×4 lumber for the rails. Align the edges, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.

Balusters 3 - short tower

Balusters 3 – short tower

Fit the 1×4 slats to the rails. Use 1 5/8″ screws to secure the slats into place.

Balusters 2 - short tower

Balusters 2 – short tower

 

Balusters 1 - short tower

Balusters 1 – short tower

 

Short tower - outdoor playhouse

Short tower – outdoor playhouse

Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the components to protect them from the elements. You can also staple landscape fabric to the inside of the bottom frame and fill it with sand.

Playset with Fort and Swing Plans

Playset with Fort and Swing Plans

 

How to build a playset

How to build a playset

This is a complex woodworking project, but any person with basic diy skills can get the job done in a few days, using my free set of plans. If you like my project, I recommend you to take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans HERE. See all my playhouse plans HERE. Choose from thousands of free designs and fill your life with DIY joy!

 

 

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