How to Build Tree Swings

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How to Build Tree Swings
Trees swings must be secured to the right trees for safety. (Jeff Randall/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Tree swings provide enjoyment for the whole family. If you had a tree swing when you were a child, swinging on it provides a nostalgic moment. Beech, oak and sycamore trees contain the large and stable branches to install a tree swing. Tree swings should only be constructed on mature trees. Install tree swings above soft surfaces such as grass or water. It is dangerous to build one above concrete, asphalt or any other hard surface.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 50mm boating polyester rope
  • Polyester webbing sling
  • Ladder
  • Two-inch oak plank
  • Table saw
  • Professional drill
  • Two-inch circular drill bit
  • Sandpaper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Examine the tree branch for any cracks, mould or other defects. The tree swing must be placed on a strong, stable branch.

  2. 2

    Choose an anchor point on a tree branch. The anchor point is where the rope is connected to the branch. The anchor point should be placed in between the centre of the limb and the trunk of the tree. Do not place the anchor point too close to the boot. This causes dangerous collisions with the trunk while swinging.

  3. 3

    Measure the distance from the tree branch to the ground.

  4. 4

    Purchase 50mm boating polyester rope. Multiply the measurement in Step 3 by two. If the distance from the tree branch to the ground is five feet, purchase a 10-foot rope.

  5. 5

    Connect the centre of the rope to a polyester webbing sling using a girth hitch. Pass the loop of the strap around the rope. Thread the other end of the strap through the loop. Make sure the strap lies neatly and then pull it tight. Two equal lengths of the rope should hang from the sling.

  6. 6

    Open the sling. Place the sling around the end of the tree branch using a ladder. Pull the sling until you reach the anchor point.

  7. 7

    Cut an oak plank to the length of 15 inches and the width of 9 inches using a table saw. The plank is used as the seat. Sand the edges of the plank with sandpaper.

  8. 8

    Drill a 2-inch hole on the left side of the seat using a professional drill. Use a 2-inch circular drill bit. Drill a 2-inch hole on the left side of the seat using a professional drill. Use a 2-inch circular drill bit. Use these holes to attach the rope.

  9. 9

    Place the left rope through the hole on the left side of the seat. Tie a double overhand stopper knot. Form a loop in the rope. Pass the end through it. Pass the end through the loop again. Tighten the knot to make a secure stopper knot. This keeps the rope and seat secure. Place the right rope through the hole on the right side of the seat. Tie a double overhand stopper knot.

  10. 10

    Test the swing by standing on the seat. If the swing holds your weight, you can try using the swing.

Tips and warnings

  • Check the type of tree to see if it is recommended to use for a tree swing.
  • Use protective goggles, mask and gloves when operating a table saw or drill.

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