Fantastic Summer DIY Project – Build Swings Around a Campfire

September 5, 2013

Fantastic Summer DIY Project – Build Swings Around a Campfire

Looking for another fantastic summer DIY project that you can do right in your very own yard? Well we have just the yard projects for you to take on. To get started with building swings around a camp fire/fire pit here are the materials we used:

6- Bags of Sacreete (or Quickcreete – whatever you call it) one for each upright.
6- 6x6x10’s (for the uprights)
6- 6x6x8’s for the top sections
6- 2x6x8’s for the stabilizers that go kitty corner on top of 6×6’s (for strength)
24- 3/8’s x 8″ lags for laggin the top horizontal pieces to the uprights (countersunk)
24- 4″ Deck screws for screwing the top pieces together horizontally before lagging them.
24 – 3″ Deck screws for screwing the top 2×6 stabilizers to the 6×6’s
10- 3/8×8″ eyebolts with nuts and washers for hanging the swings

This project took us just about 3 days. We didn’t have any building instructions to go by, so much of this project we just did by drawing out a blue print idea and putting it together.

1. The first day all we did was dig the holes and setting the uprights. All the wood is pressure treated 6×6’s. I got 6x6x10’s for the uprights and they are sacreeted almost 3 feet in the ground. I guess its a little over 7 feet to the bottom of the 6x6x8’s on top.
Fantastic Summer DIY Project – Build Swings Around a Campfire

2. On the next day we finished building it.
Fantastic Summer DIY Project – Build Swings Around a Campfire

3. Next day we spent spreading the gravel and setting the fire pit and staining the pressure treated. You can buy the swings at just about any hardware shop. We bought the swings offline from Louisana Cypress Swings and Things and had to wait a week or more for them to be shipped.
Fantastic Summer DIY Project – Build Swings Around a Campfire

4. We layed out the hexagon in the yard so that center for the uprights for each bay was 7′ apart because we knew we wanted to get 5′ swings. We had 14′ from each upright to the upright opposite of it. We were not sure what the angles were, we just took two pieces of scrap and layed them up there and messed around cutting a few until I got the angle right. We got all the top pieces set up there before lagging them all in. Left one bay swingless so that I could carry firewood in.
Fantastic Summer DIY Project – Build Swings Around a Campfire

5. Enjoy!

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