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.
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.):
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.
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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