How to Build a Wooden Swing Set…the EASY way!

How To Build a Wooden Swing Set..the EASY way! A DIY swingset that’s a fun and easy summer project that your kids will love.

DIY Wooden Swingset

COST:  around $300 (see explanation at end of post)

TIME:  3-4 hours

We’ve been working hard on your backyard this year, adding a few more fun things for the kids to play on. One of the items that we really wanted to get was a large swing set.  We’ve had a wooden play set for quite awhile, and it has a couple of swings, but as kids get a little older–7+–they start getting too big for those smaller swings.

We needed a swing set that could hold our bigger kids (8-12), and give them more of a playground experience.  I started looking at large swing sets, and the prices were just not what I wanted to pay, so we decided to make our own!  After a bit of research, I came across something that makes it SO easy–with no need to cut any wood.

How to Build a Wooden Swing Set the EASY way!

I honestly can’t believe how easy this was to put together, and how quickly it came together, considering how big it is.  It’s approximately a 4-6 hour project, making it perfect for a Saturday afternoon!

How to Build a Wooden Swing Set the EASY way!

The secret is a set of swing set brackets that you just slide the wood into, and screw them in.  If you buy the right size of wood posts, you don’t even have to cut them down, which also saves a ton of time.

The top piece is a 4×6 post that’s 12 feet long, and it’s perfect for three swings. The legs are 4×4 posts that are 10 feet tall.  We wanted them tall enough to allow the kids to swing pretty high, and to accommodate our older kids.  It turned out perfectly, and the kids love it!

How to Build a Wooden Swing Set the EASY way!

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Wooden Swing Set Supplies:

***You can also opt to buy this set, which includes the a-frame swing brackets, swings, ring trapeze, and all the hardware! 

Putting together your Wooden Swing Set…

You’ll need the posts and the brackets first–and in the set I purchased (linked above), all the bolts needed came with it. Make sure you are using pressure treated wood–that will make it last outside much longer.  We also used galvanized bolts and screws for the same reason.

We laid out the top post first, with each end resting on top of a scrap 4×4 post, to keep it off the ground and easier to work with. Then we slid each end of the post into their respective brackets, and drilled the bolts into place.

Next we slid the 4×4 posts into their respective brackets (bottom sides, then top) and bolted them in. It really is as easy as that, when you use the awesome a-frame brackets!

How to Build a Wooden Swing Set the EASY way!

How to Build a Wooden Swing Set the EASY way!

How to Build a Wooden Swing Set the EASY way!

Once all the posts were bolted in securely, we carefully brought the swing set into a standing position, and moved it where we wanted it to be.  We started it right where we wanted it, so we didn’t have to move it too far.

We decided to add the wooden stringers connecting the two posts on each side, and we cut them at 5.5×8.   This isn’t necessary–you can do it without as well.

We anchored the swing set down for now, but we are planning to cement it in place.  You’re seeing it with just mulch (used it as fill), but wood chips are next, after it’s cemented in. We highly recommend that you cement them in place, but I did add some anchor options to my supplies list.

**I added this note above, but if you are going to cement them in, then I suggest buying 12 foot 4×4 posts for the legs, so your swing is still 10 feet high.

How to Build a Wooden Swing Set the EASY way!

Next up…hanging the swings!  I ordered separate seats and chains, because I needed a longer length chain than usual because of the swing set height.  Along with the seats and chains, I also ought the swing hangers that attach to the top post.  If you purchase similar ones, make sure to check  if they come with the bolts to hang them. Ours didn’t, so we bought the right bolts and washers to attach them.

MEASUREMENTS BETWEEN SWINGS:

There are 16 inches from the each edge to the first bracket. The brackets for each swing have 20 inches between them (this is for the actual swing–the two brackets holding the swing up.). Then between each swing, there are 18 inches.

So from edge to edge, it goes:

  • 16 inches–from edge to first swing,
  • 20 inches–the two brackets for swing #1,
  • 18 inches-the space between the first swing and second swing,
  • 20 inches–the two brackets for swing #2,
  • 18 inches–the space between the second and third swing,
  • 20 inches–the two brackets for swing #3, and 16–the space between the third swing and the other edge.

TOTAL MEASUREMENTS OF SWING SET:

8 feet deep x 16 feet wide x 10 feet high

NOTE: The dimensions for the finished swing are 16 feet–because the legs are at an angle, and stick out past the 12 foot top post. The finished dimensions are for those that need to fit it in a certain space.

How to Build a Wooden Swing Set the EASY way!

How to Build a Wooden Swing Set the EASY way!

The very second those swings were on, my kids were swinging, and they haven’t stopped since.  They LOVE it!

How to Build a Wooden Swing Set the EASY way!

How to Build a Wooden Swing Set the EASY way!

Such a fun and easy summer project, that will be a wonderful addition to our backyard for years to come!

TOTAL COST:  around $300

This amount reflects the prices of wood and supplies at the time we built them.  Wood can greatly vary in cost from area to area, so there could be a difference for you—either more or even less.  But to purchase a swing set of this size and durability, it would be much more.  I’m so pleased with the swing, and with the cost savings!

DISCLAIMER:

We are not experts, nor engineers! We built this for our kids, and wanted to share in case others wanted to as well.  If you have any concerns about safety, weight limits, or overall stability, please contact other sources.  The Eastern Jungle Gym Company may be able to help answer specific questions–they are the makers of the a-frame brackets that hold the structure together.

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