Hey, ya’ll!!! Long time no blog!
We were at a park with a large version of a skateboard swing. My daughter said she wished we had something like it in the park in our neighborhood and I asked: “What about in our backyard?” (she naturally fliped) We already have a swing that I built quickly after we first moved in. My kids use it daily and I love that.
We spent $16 at the hardware store and needed a deck from one of the many skateboards we already had.
You will need:
– rope (I got 50ft of rope to ensure that I had enough. Make sure you pay attention to the weight limit)
– dowel (large enough for the kids to hold onto)
– 2 eye hook lag screws (large enough for the rope to easily fit through, and you will need to predrill the holes for the screws)
– skateboard deck (remove the trucks and sand down any necessary edges)
– screw gun
– 1/2 inch drill bit (to drill holes in skateboard)
– tape measure & pencil
My kids were able to do most of this project by themselves which they loved. We drilled with the 1/2 inch drill bit two holes, 2 inches from the sides and centered from the set of holes that were used from the trucks.
We cut the dowel 2 inches longer than the width of the skateboard and drilled the hole for the rope one inch in from each end.
I cut the rope in half and passed it through the skateboard on both ends.
A simple knot at the top of the board secured it in place while we decided on the height of the dowel handles.
We slid the dowel handles onto the rope and again used a simple knot to secure them into place, one at the bottom of the dowel and another at the top.
My husband secured the eyehooks into the beam of our patio, he used a 3/8 drill bit to drill where the hooks would go before he twisted them into place. When the hooks become difficult to turn by hand you can use the longest screwdriver you have to pass into the hook and have more leverage when turning.
We used a uni to uni knot to secure the rope to the eyehooks. The height above the ground again is dependent on the height of your child. We hung ours 18 inches above the patio floor.
Then you are done!
It took us an hour to get it done, not including the run to the hardware store. If you make your own swing I’d love to see how it turned out and what you did differently than me! Thanks for reading!