More than 40 years ago I tried my hand at starting a company making custom playgrounds. It didn’t go as well as I had planned and life took other paths. Now that the kids have left the nest it was time to clean the basement and lo and behold, I found a set of plans for the first playground I made for a client and a picture I took after completion. I had forgotten I had made a vellum copy.
I took that copy and had it scanned into a PDF that I am now offering for sale so you can build one for your children, grandchildren, or even the neighbor’s kids. You can take it to any FedEx Office, OfficeMax, Staples, etc., and have it enlarged and printed to a 24” x 36” size for much easier reading.
All requisite dimensions are on the plan. It uses standard 2 x 4 lumber available at any home center and in addition, you’ll need some 7/8” dowels for the rungs, 1 ½”, 3”, and 5” ¼-20 bolts, washers, and T-nuts, a couple of aluminum tubes that need to be crimped on the ends for ladder reinforcement and your own swings. Getting some surveyor stakes would help, too, to anchor the playground to the ground. It’s also designed to have a rope that you can hang from the very top bar that the kids can climb up into the deck.