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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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Sand Then Paint

Prepare all wood surfaces for paint or stain by smoothing down rough areas with orbital sander (Image 1). Tape off screw swing hardware with painter's tape or remove it completely to avoid paint coverage. Using roller handle and roller sleeve, paint all wooden surfaces with two even coats of exterior paint (Image 2). For extra detail, consider taping a pattern to the swing seats using painter's tape, first removing the exterior lag eye screws, then covering with exterior paint (Image 3). Once dry, remove painter's tape and re-attach lag eye screws (Image 4).

Attach Nylon Rope to Swings

Taking into consideration that the top of each swing seat should sit 24 inches above the ground, cut nylon rope to size, leaving a generous amount of slack for creating a knot. Thread nylon rope through screw swing hardware, then down into lag eye screws of swing seats. Create a solid double knot around the eye hook, then cut excess with utility knife (Image 1). Note: Before allowing kids on the swings, first test them out, making sure that your knots are strong.

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