Step 6: String It Up!

Next, pass the rope through one of the side-holes from the outside, then from the inside to the outside of the next hole, around the outside of the backrest, back through the next hole, then up and out the far side hole.

Again, the photos make this simple to visualize.

Then, tie the ropes to a tree branch. Keep in mind that a higher tree branch will create a longer arch than a lower one. It lets the swing go farther with every push, which makes it more fun.

Tie one end of the rope to the tree, and then make sure the swing faces the direction you want it to. Set the swing at the HEIGHT you would like it to be at. Tie the other end of the rope to the tree branch. If you tie the two ends of the ropes rather wide apart from each other, it prevents the swing from twisting.

Make sure the swing is properly secured and tested before putting your tot in there.
From Chile sends my daughter thank you, a brilliant idea that we pleased. Greetings.
What do you recommend to use instead of the jigsaw? (if you don't have one)
Any saw capable of cutting plastic will work fine. You just want something that can cut curves well, so a circle saw wouldn't be very good.<br><br>A drywall handsaw would work fine, a reciprocating saw is great (Sawzall, etc.)<br><br>You could also just drill a series of holes and then finish it (carefully) with a razor knife.<br><br>It's not rocket science, but yes, some saws will work better than others.
will do Sir! have already printed out the plans &amp; the bucket is drying out now(was extremely dirty-had to be cleaned 1st).
I have 2 grandsons &amp; another one(boy or girl we do not yet know) on the way... <br>I love this!!! I think it's an awesome project &amp; very well articulated, as well as photographed. TY for sharing Sir!! :) <br> <br>IDEA: <br> <br>because it sometimes will rain in the early morning, yet be perfect for the rest of the day, a bucket by nature has a tendency to hold water...even in this case(all be it a very small amount). <br> <br>So I was thinking, why not drill some small holes in the bottom of the bucket to let the rainwater drain out? to keep from causing irritation, bevel out the holes just enough to make them smooth. <br> <br>Or would this weaken the bottom too much?? <br>as I said, this is just a thought. <br> <br>TY again for sharing Sir. Awesome swing!!
I haven't noticed it being wet inside after rain. The swing hangs pretty level, so any water should just run out through the leg holes. <br> <br>If you are in an especially wet part of the world, a few small drain holes in the bottom of the bucket near the back should take care of it.
Oh, ok....like I said, it was just a thought...<br><br>TY again for sharing that...I have several 5 gallon buckets laying about the place doing nothing more than collecting dust.<br><br>The weekend is coming up so that will give me an excuse(like I REALLY need one) to make 1 or 2 of these swings.
If you make any, please take a photo and post it. I'd love to see what other people do with it!
Hey congratulations on winning Scoochmaroo Challenge: Reuse!!!
Very clever Ben! Like it.

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