Saturday, December 10, 2011

Wooden Playset Project... Cheaper than any kit.

For Eyrleigh's 4th birthday I promised her a wooden playset.  As I started looking at the kits I noticed 1 thing all decent kits were north of $800 to buy and assemble.  So I said to myself, I can build one of these, so I scoured the internet to find a plan.  After an hour I found the plan I wanted.

Wooden Playset Project:  http://www.hot4cad.com/playset.html

There was just one problem with this Playset... $640 estimated build cost.  I wanted cheaper, so I did Some Shopping, and boy did I save some money.  Now this plan also requires you have construction experience (which I do)  I have re done every room in my house, built my deck, and rebuilt a few cars and engines.  I fix most everything in my house, and being in IT for a living I fix computers, and fix my bicycles. 

Tools Needed

Cordless Drill with 2 batteries (charge 1 battery while using one battery)
Hand Saw
Miter or Table Saw
Pencil
Tape Measure
Printed Copy of Directions and Schematics
Long (8inch) 5/16 Drill Bit
Long (8inch) 3/8 Drill Bit
Level
9/16 Socket
Socket Wrench
3/4 inch Drill Bit
Hammer
Chisel

Lumber List (I bought all Lumber at Lowe's)

Board    Qty Cost Total
4" x 4" x 8'    8 $52.00
2" x 8" x 10'    2 $16.00
2" x 4" x 10'    21 $75.00
5/4" x 4" x 10'    5 $20.00
4" x 6" x 12'    1 $17.00
Total
$180.00

Cut List

Piece Letter Qty Measurement Description
A 5     4" x 4" x 8' Main Posts for Fort Structure
B 2     2"  x 8" x 5' Half of the Base of the Fort Structure
C 2     2"  x 8" x 4' 9" Half of the Base of the Fort Structure
D 2     2"  x 4" x 5'         Front and Back Lower Deck Frame
E 5     2"  x 4" x 4' 9"  Right and Left Lower Deck Frame
F 6 5/4" x 6" x 5' Deck Boards
G 2 5/4" x 6" x 5' Deck Boards
H 2 5/4" x 6" x 5' Deck Boards
J 2 2"  x 4" x 5' Front and Back Upper Deck Frame
K 2 2"  x 4" x 4' 9" Right and Left Upper Deck Frame
L      22 2"  x 4" x 3' Deck Post Boards
M     3     2"  x 4" x 10.5" Bench Support Boards
MM 2"  x 4" x 1' Bench Support Boards
N 2 2"  x 4" x4' 2" Bench Seat Boards
P 2"  x 4" x2' 6.25" Latter Boards to Fort
Q 4 2"  x 4" x 4' 9"  Sandbox Access Guard Boards
R 2 2"  x 4" x2' 2.5" Vertical Roof Boards
1 2"  x 4" x 4' 9"  Peak Roof Board
T 2 2"  x 4" x 4' 9"  Roof Line Boards
U 2 2"  x 4" x 4' 9"  Roof Line Boards
2 4" x 4" x 8'  A Frame Boards
W 1 2"  x 4" x 5' 4" Lower A Frame Connecting Board
X 1      4" x 6" x 12' Swing Beam
Y 1       4" x 4" x 7' 5" Support Post (Fort Side) for Swing Beam
Z 2 2" x 4" x 20" Upper A Frame Connecting Boards

Parts List


Part  Qty Cost Total w/shipping Vendor
Swing Seat 2 $62.37 Woodland Building Inc.
Rings 2 In Woodland Order Woodland Building Inc.
Ring Carabeaner 2 $10.00 Home Depot (In stock)
Baby Swing 1 $0 Hand me down from friend
Swing and Ring Chains 28 $16.80 Home Depot (In stock)
A Frame Bracket 2 $22.37 Lowes Online
Playset Canopy 1 $33.84 Buy.com 
Safety Handles 2 In Woodland Order Woodland Building Inc.
Slide 1 $50 Craigslist
Simpson Cap BCS2-2/4z 1 $6 Home Depot (In stock)
Swing and Ring Hangers 6 In Woodland Order Woodland Building Inc.
Deck Screws 250 $15.00 WholeSale Bolts
Galvanized Carriage Bolts 5/16" x 5' 40 $10 WholeSale Bolts
Galvanized Flat Washers 5/16"  40 $1.60 WholeSale Bolts
Galvanized Nuts 5/16"  40 $1.60 WholeSale Bolts




Total Parts Cost
$229.58
Total Lumber Cost
$180.00
Total Cost
$409.58












Guide to Assemble the Playset:  http://www.hot4cad.com/downloads/Wooden_Playset_Project.pdf


2 comments:

Carolina John said...

Nice! Well done. We went used with ours, and found a teak one that we bought from a friend for $400. It's huge and they love it.

Wes said...

huh... I don't fix anything, but I admire those who do.

I remember when Jimmy was four, I had just gotten out of the shower. He came in my room telling my "Daddy's bye bye broke my swing set". I was like huh? He pulled me over to the window. I had left my stick shift car out of gear. It rolled down the hill, missed my deck, took out his swing set, and stopped before hitting the neighbor's house.

I'm especially proud of that Wes-ism...