How to make a two person swing for a tree

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I got a little bored the other day.  The kids wanted to go to the park and I wasn’t feeling the park love.  Having just knocked out a wall in our basement, we had some 2x4s lying around waiting to be thrown out or used.  I thought to myself “I know!  I’ll make a swing!”  I’m really not a very handy person.  I am an impulsive and determined gal though.   I also thought it was perfect for a double swing, something I haven’t really seen before, but would prevent fighting over a new toy in the back.  Bonus: you only have to push one swing!

First, I gathered tools.  I just used the board as it was.

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I clamped the board down on the work bench and chose the Spade or Paddle bit you see here (and yes, I totally had to look up what the actual name for this was.  “Weird thingy” was a bit vague.):

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This bores a hole large enough to tie rope through.  I made three evenly spaced holes.  one on each end and one in the center.

Then I picked a tree and a sturdy branch.

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I had Nylon clothesline rope and used it, measuring lengths and taking into account that the branch wasn’t a straight line.

I also cut a bit of hose to stick the rope through to avoid damaging the tree or fraying the rope while in use.  I tied my best knots, (boy scouts would probably laugh hysterically, but they hold.) and had my big girls test it out first before trimming the rope back.

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It worked!

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3 responses to “How to make a two person swing for a tree

  1. Thank you for using my post as a reference but it was not a very detailed one. I felt the pressure and responsibility of such a gesture so I had to do something about it. I updated it slightly….

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