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How to Build a Wooden Kids' Swing Set

You need just basic woodworking tools and lumber to construct our updated version of a classic kids' swing set.

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Cut and Attach Footers

To keep vertical posts perfectly level and evenly spaced, footers need to be cut and attached to the bottom of the coupled 4x4s. To create footers, first cut a 4x4 block that's approximately four inches tall. Place the 4x4 block between the two vertical support posts, evenly spacing them (Image 1). Next, use a chop saw to cut four 2x4s which will become two sets of footers, one for use on each pair of vertical posts. Use a speed square to ensure 2x4s sit perfectly level (Image 2). Next, remove the 4x4 block, then secure footers to vertical support posts with 3-inch exterior screws using drill (Image 3).

Drill Hole Through Crossbeam to Vertical Posts

With vertical posts laid flat on ground in proper position, and with speed square in place (Image 1), sandwich crossbeam between each pair of 4x4s of vertical posts, tapping them into place with hammer. Tip: Proper spacing is extra important in relation to a level installation; taking extra time now to make sure everything is level will save you time later on. Measure and mark the height of the 6x4 crossbeam directly onto the face of the 4x4 with pencil. Use drill and paddle bit to create a hole through both 4x4s and the 6x4 crossbeam (Image 2).

Attach Lag Bolts

Use an adjustable wrench to tightly fasten lag bolts and fender washers through 6x4s and 4x4s (Images 1 and 2).

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