Monday, June 2, 2014

DIY See Saw

Build: diy big kids seesaw

Build your own backyard seesaw for big kids.  I used Ana White's plans here and modified for a heftier teeter totter that holds big kids and adults too.

The center support post is 30"h (versus 24" in Ana's plans) and the long seat support is made from 2x6's (versus 2x4's in Ana's plans).  The seat itself is scrap 2x8's.

It's great to see my kids trying to figure out how to balance the weight while getting on and off - a little challenge during play is always good.

The seesaw gets used every day and so far no injuries!

How to build a big kids seesaw:

1. Follow Ana's plans here for wood cuts and construction steps.

2. I used all 2x6 material except the seat portion which is 2x8 scraps.

3.  Sealed with 3 coats Minwax Helmsman exterior grade clear satin poly.

4. Use a 3/4" spade bit to make holes for center bolt.

Use at your own risk.

1 comment:

  1. What a fun idea! I think I may need these for my boys one day. Maybe I'll put it on the to do list now, and it will be ready by the time they are big enough to use it. :)