Hexagon Swing With Sunken Fire Pit





Introduction: Hexagon Swing With Sunken Fire Pit

This is my take on the many choices out their for building a hexagon swing with a fire pit in the middle. Most have raised fire pits so I decided to try it with a sunken pit instead.

Step 1: Start

I started by using 6x6x10s. I created the Hexagon with scrap 2x6x8. I cut the 30 degree angle on each side to create the hexagon. Final board length was 95 inches. To create the concrete forms I again just used scrap 2x6 to create a larger hexagon. You can see my horizontal boards running across the bottom lining up the corners of both the 6x6 hexagon and the concrete forms hexagon.

Step 2:

I wanted my fire pit to be sunken instead of raised like I have seen so many others. Again using scrap 2x6 I created the centerpiece. Each of the 6 boards were cut to 25 inches in length with 30 degree angles on each end. I also now removed each top 2x6 one at a time and replaced them with the final 6x6 top piece. Again 30 degree saw cuts on a 12 inch sliding saw. I used 10 inch long timberlok screws down through the uprights and through the hex angles.

Step 3:

Here I added a series of 2x6 hexagons each one rotated to point to the centerline of the next. I also added 6x6 45degree angle bracing cut to 24 inches. This gave the swing stability. At this point everything feels solid. Since the fire pit is sunken I used 4 inch pvc with a cast iron top to drain off any water. I dug a small trench to set the pipe in and then used 2x10 to build the final fire pit form.

Step 4:

View looking up.

Step 5:

A view from the back deck. I used a bit of brown release and did more of a slate finish along the inside of the hexagon and kept a stone finish to border it all in.

Step 6:

I found a heavy duty hexagonal 36" grate online. I have had this set up for 2 yrs now and all the water drains off with no issues

Step 7:

This view show the concrete after the sealer was added. It really brings out all the colors and gives it the finished look.

Step 8:




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    I love the design and want to build it myself.

    Have you had any issues with the top sagging? Do you think it would handle the weight of a couple more levels?

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    It's been a few years now and everything still looks great! The only reason I did not add more hexagons to the top was because I was worried it would get to hot if the opening wasnt big enough. Maybe I am just being over cautious.

    I really like this design but... I selected this ible because I saw the wagon wheel swings. You say nothing about them or how they were hung. Did you make them? or buy them? Where did you get them? After reading the comments I know I'm not the only one that would like to know.

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    The wagon wheels were purchased from Tractor Supply. This was a few year's back. I just went to their website this afternoon and it looks like they are no longer sold there.

    Check this out. You could make the swings yourself and then add the wheels.

    Oh now, this is awesome! After visits to Ireland's Giant's Causeway, hexagons are my new favorite design element. The one thing I would investigate into doing differently if I ever made this, speaking as a deaf person who needs eye contact to lipread, is perhaps another series of beams parallel to each of the outside edges? This would be for the swings to hang down - so that they would be just inside the columns (a tad closer to the fire - so I may have to tweak overall dimensions, if that would be an issue? Or make a smaller fire?). That way if more than one deaf friend was there, we would not all be straining to look around past the columns to see each other. I know that's not an issue for 90-95% of the people who read comments, so don't worry about it. But this is a very neat idea! I'm enthralled!!

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    Line of sight is not an issue with the length of each side and the angles as they are you can see all the people on each swing without the need to look around. Of course space from the seats to the fire is purely an individual's preference but any closer and the fire would have to be tiny.

    OMG! You have NO IDEA how badly I have to build this! My home is a hex with a dome top. This would be a perfect addition! Thank you, thank you for this!

    Please complete this excellent instructable by telling us where you obtained all the parts. Thanks.

    Looks Great, Did you buy the swings or did you make them? That would be a project in it self.

    Beautiful work. The materials complement each other.

    Swinging towards a fire? Hmm. My family *would* burn their feet, though benches on the ground in the same setting would work for us. If I could do work that nice.

    Dude. This is freaking fantastic. Love it!

    Nice build. I like the design of the roof.

    This is fantastic. I really like this.

    Awesome design.

    What is the deal with the wheels on the swings? Do they actually roll on the ground or are they just on there for looks?

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    The wagon wheel swings are just for looks. They don't actually roll.

    Wow this is pretty incredible. How many yards of concrete did you have to pour? Did you dye and stamp it yourself or did you have someone do it?

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    There were 6 yards of concrete used but this also connects to a concrete pad off of the house. I have a friend who has the stamps and a brown release was used while stamping.

    Very cool. I love the wheels on the chairs :)