How to Build a Swing Set for the Playhouse!

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 05/14/2019 - 19:50
Difficulty
Intermediate
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A swing set plan add on that extends from our playhouse! This swing set can also be used freestanding, without a playhouse.

swing set on playhouse

 

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Reader submitted photos by  COLBY032  and MATTSL

This playhouse plan is part of a series of plans:

Swing Set hardware pieces as pictured below -

swing set hardware

Dimensions
dimensions of the swingset
140 1/2" x 110 1/2" Approximate. Dimensions and composition are shown above. In addition, the truss legs are made of 4×4 posts. Composition is preferably an outdoor appropriate wood or wood painted with an exterior paint and properly maintained.

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 2 – 12′ 4×4 Posts
  • 1 – 12′ 4×6 Post
  • 1 – 8′ 4×6 Post
  • 2 – 8′ 2×4
  • 16 7″ Bolts, washers and Nuts
  • 1 – 4×6 rafter post hangers
  • 2 – 4×4 post cap/bases
  • Eye bolts
Cut List
  • 2 – 4×4 Posts @ 127 3/4″ (Legs)
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 18″ (Top Supports)
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 78″ (Bottom Supports)
  • 1 – 4×6 Post @ 12′ (Swing Header)
  • 1 – 4×6 Post @ 8′ (Porch Header)
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Level
General Instructions

You will need to find a large area that is level and flat. Make sure you predrill all bolt holes with a bit sized for the bolt. Tighten each bolt with a wrench and periodically check for tightness with use. Check for square and level with each step. Be safe and have fun.

Instructions

Step 1

LEGS Cut the 4×4 posts as shown above. Lay out on a flat and level surface.

Step 2

TOP SUPPORTS Use bolts to attach the top supports as shown above to the legs. You will need to drill a hole the size of the bolt shaft first and then insert your bolt.

Step 3

BOTTOM SUPPORTS Attach the bottom supports as shown above.

Step 4

ASSEMBLY Assemble the swing set as shown above. Use lag screws or bolts to attach the brackets. The swing set does not have to be mounted to the center of the front porch. Make sure the header is level and if needed, dig with the shovel under the legs until the swing set header is level.

Step 5

If you feel the swing set needs it, add cross bracing from the top board into the angled legs.

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Comments

Commercial Pla… (not verified)

Mon, 12/26/2011 - 23:20

That's very sweet of you that you have given such a elaborated article on this topic. Swing sets had always been my favorite childhood play. I am willing to have one swing set at my backyard. I will surely try this out and I am sure my kids would love it.

slug

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 08:17

I see this was posted three years ago. Has anyone built it yet?

I noticed the one image at the top does not follow the design, at least for the A-Frame. The plan calls for the beam being below the peak, where the image shows the beam above the peak and the legs of the "A" cross.

I am planning on building just the swing (no play house) and was wondering what the best way to go as I've seen designs with the beam in three different spots now. Above, middle, and below. Which is the strongest? Which is the easiest?

Also, should there be any more supports to prevent swaying side-to-side?

423luis

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 16:52

im currently building this plan and mostly coming out well. hard part is finding the right brackets/hangers for connecting the 4x6x12 beam to the A-frame at the end. also needs to be a bit more specific with what bolts to use on the A-frame

Clare

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 12:22

I am currently working on these plans and it seems there is a typo. The top of the A-frame, we made a 30 degree cut as the plan says but this is wayyy too wide to be a swing set, I think it is actually supposed to be 60 degrees

Cabloomer

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 18:40

this is my first woodworking project. I do not understand "30 degrees off square". I am using a miter saw for the a-frame sides of a free-standing swing. I moved the angle to 30 degrees, but the angle is not large enough. Help!

Cabloomer

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 20:24

I am using a miter saw to cut the wood for a free-standing a-frame. Instructions say "30 degrees off square". If I set the miter saw to 30 degrees to make the cut, the angle is wrong. Please provide instructions for a novice.

Moody

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 18:16

Did you mounts this swing beam flush with the porch beam? Or did you put it on top?

KellyLee1236

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 09:18

I am wondering about the saddle bracket that would hold the 4x6 in pace at the top of the a-frame. It is not shown in the diagram, and when I searched for a 4x6 saddle bracket, there were several different styles. I would like to see a picture of the bracket and more details about how it attaches to the a-frame. Thanks!

Handy Dad

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 14:14

KellyLee1236,

I bought a specific 4x6 saddle bracket from an online retailer.  Search:  Simpson Strong Tie APHH46 Outdoor Accents 4-inch by 6-inch Concealed-Flange Heavy Joist Hanger, Steel, 3.75"   

This is a much better option than buying a 4x6 joist hanger from a big box home goods store.