|This is a specific and straight to the point guide with images. I’ll show you how to build probably the simplest and cheapest swing set available – a tree swing. The only thing you need to have is a backyard and a good tree
Provided that you have all the materials on hand, you should be able to build this tree swing in a couple of hours. Don’t rush it however as the solidity of the construction of every swing is very important.
Let’s get to action.
Materials and tools you need
This is a simple outdoor swing so there isn’t much required:
- A tree. Don’t worry, you are not going to cut it down. You’ll just attach the swing to it.
- A thick board. Usually it will be wooden, but a thick and robust plastic board can also do the work. It should be about 20″ (50cm) wide and 35″ (90cm) long. Could be slightly smaller if only kids will use the swing.
- Two robust ropes. I can’t tell you how long, because this depends on how high branch on the tree you are going to use. In any case each of them should be minimum 4 feet / 120 cm because you swing will have height equal to about its half. In the guide below you will see why.
- Eventually a couple of rings You can make your swing without this, but if it will be used too often the ropes will fray from the friction into the wood, or the branch itself will be damaged. A couple of metal or plastic rings will significantly reduce the friction.
- Brace or drill. You will need to make a few holes in the board.
If you decide to add the rings, you should somehow put them onto the branch. Eventually this can happen easier by using half rings instead of full ones.
Let’s build it!
Step 1: Choose a Tree
You need a good tree, old and strong enough. Avoid using fruit trees like apple or pear, they aren’t strong enough. A walnut-tree, mulberry, oak or beech will do the best work.
Step 2: Prepare the Board
The board must be thick and robust. If you are building a swing for adults, it should be wider than if the swing will be used from kids only.
Attach the Board To the Branch With Ropes
Here is how you can calculate the length of each rope. It equals A + B + C + about 30% of thus formed length for the knots.
That’s it! This outdoor swing is really simple. We’ll have guides on building more complex outdoor swing sets, so keep visiting us.
Here is a tree swing guide with more details and photos.