Exactly How to Build A Swing in About an Hour

$100
40 Minutes
Medium

I will show you how to build this swing through pictures and even give you a materials list so your child or grandchild can enjoy swinging in bare feet too!
exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
It will grow with your child or grandchild as well - at the bottom you will notice a different swing and our grandson was younger - it's a great way to make something long-lasting!
The materials list includes:
2 – 1” Circle Screw Bolts
5 – 4x4x8 Posts
1 – 2x6x8 Board
4 – 9” x ½” Bolts
4 Washers
4 Nuts
6 to 8 – 4” Wood Screws
5/8” Auger Bit (preferable 7 1/2” long)
Of course you will need a drill, saw, and rubber mallet.
exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
First, lay out your posts like this and then mark the posts so that when you drill the holes (the next step) with the auger bit, the holes will match up.
exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
After the posts are drilled, slid the bolt through and secure it with a washer and nut. You will have to lay it down to do the other two posts the same way.
exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
You will need 2 extra people for this: One person each to hold up the 2 posts bolted together on either side of the swing and 2 people to hoist the final post up inbetween the top "V" of the swing like the picture shows. Mark the post and drill a hole on each end with the auger bit.
exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
Make sure it is level.....,then.....
exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
You will need to work "Shems" inbetween the posts to make it more secure, then insert bolts on both ends and finish off with a washer and nut.
exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
Place the crossbars on like this, measure and saw off the tips (see next picture) and using a regular sized drill bit, pre-drill then use a screw to secure.
exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
After sawing off the tips, you will need to sand smooth so active hands don't get splinters!
exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
Screw in the circular screw and put the swing on - we got this swing at a church yard sale that morning for $5. Now this is all the little one wants to do.........swing swing SWING!! It actually took 40 minutes and my husband had never made one before.

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4 questions
  • Sal6389389
    on May 18, 2016

    How far down do u make the four holes?

    • Kitchen Kelli
      on May 18, 2016

      The holes that I think you are talking about - when I asked my husband - the holes in the crossbars.... he said they are drilled all the way through.

    • Kitchen Kelli
      on May 18, 2016

      And how far down is depending on high you need the swing to sit - closer to the ground for smaller kids and higher for bigger kids.

  • Demosthene
    on Aug 10, 2018

    Hi, would'nt it be more secure with a longer horizontal boom with cross bars as external corners? The angles are right and this will prevent lateral foldibg.

    • Matt Gee
      on Sep 2, 2018

      I’d love to know if you’re idea would work, I’m not much of an engineer, and cannot visualize what you’re saying. I just finished making this, and it is extremely wobbly, to the point of being unusable until I can figure out how to prevent one of the A-frames from collapsing inwards. I’ll have to ask one of my carpenter friends for advice.

    • Pollyann Printy
      on Nov 7, 2018

      I noticed carriage bolts securing all boards together at the top. This should prevent the A-frame from collapsing. (do you see the nuts on the bolts on the bottom of the beam).

  • Tina kline
    on Oct 15, 2018

    Where did you get the horse swing in the first picture?

  • Annamaria Tadlock
    on May 29, 2019

    How sturdy is this? I want to build a swinging seat to hold 2 adults and I am wondering if this is strong enough to support the weight.

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