I wanted a unique gift for my nephew for Christmas. I was so happy to finally come up with this airplane swing!
1" dowel, 6-8 inches long
Box of 2" Outdoor screws
A handful of 1 1/4" outdoor screws
1- 3" lag screw for prop (plus a few washers)
20' +/- rope
1- 3" eye screw
3- 3" long eye lag bolts, plus washers.
2 rope clips
Plus finishing materials like sandpaper, glue, and paint.
1-2x4 @ 36" (tapered to back)
2- 1x8 @ 36" (tapered to back, rounded at front bottom)
1- 1x6 @ 30.5" (seat)
1- 1x6 @ 12" (rounded ends)
1 - 1x4 @5" (rounded top)
2- 1x6 @ 30" (rounded ends)
2- 2x4 @8 1/8" (spacer boards)
Handle bar cut from scrap 1x6 with hole for 1" dowel/handle.
cut from 1x3 scrap
see blog post for full details http://whitneysworkshop.blogspot.com/2012/12/airplane-swing-tutorial.ht…
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Cut all boards. See blog post for full cutting details. Begin assembling sections.
Assemble by attaching tail, then seat, then wing section. Attach propeller after all painting if finished.
Sand and Paint
Feed rope through plane as seen in photo. Secure with strong knots under wings. Use rope clips beneath the upper eye bolts to secure airplane level.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.