Create playful and unique alternatives to the traditional kiddies’ swing with just a bit of planning!
- One 1220mm x 1220mm half-sheet 18mm plywood (shutter ply)
- ± ten 40mm chipboard screws
- waterproof wood glue
- medium grit sandpaper (120 grit)
- multisurface primer/universal undercoat
- water-based enamel
- 5m length of rope
- cordless drill and 8mm drill bit
- orbital sander
- sharp knife
Draw simple flower shapes or aeroplane shapes onto the plywood, either in freehand, or using any household objects as guides. We used a paint tin to help mark out the petals of the flower-shaped swing.
Now use a jigsaw to cut out the first layer of each of the shapes.
Place the first layer onto the remaining plywood and trace the outline before cutting these out too; this will ensure an exact double.
Apply waterproof wood glue to either part.
Use G-clamps and some offcut pieces of wood to clamp the two parts firmly together.
Use the cordless drill, chipboard screws and wood glue to fix the tail section of the aeroplane to the back of the ‘fuselage’.
Use the sander and sandpaper to smooth all the edges. Then use a paintbrush to apply multisurface primer or a universal undercoat, followed by water-based enamel in the colour of your choice – or simply apply a UV-resistant polyurethane varnish. Then drill holes in the swing(s) for the rope. Thread the rope through the holes and tie a simple overhand knot underneath, then fix the swing securely to a strong overhead branch or beam.
Referenced from Gallo images / Home Magazine
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