We decided to build a pirate ship for my grandson...this is how we did it.  

I started by drawing out some basic sketches of what I thought would be a cool look and worked out some basic engineering ideas.  Our idea was to capitalize on the standard sizes of decking/treated lumber available to minimize waste.  We also designed the playground so that all activities could be watched from the back porch of the house (swings, slide, entrance, etc.)

Step 1: Layout

We designed the bottom deck to be 4'x8'.  We put together the outside frame first, squared it off, and positioned it where we wanted the playground to go.  I then had my son-in-law dig the holes for the 6 each 2x4x8 posts.

After placing the posts in the holes we leveled the frame and attached them together using lag screws.  Make sure you drill pilot holes to guide your lag screws and ensure the frame is attached level, square, and securely.  

We then poured quickcrete around the posts.

<p>Fantastic. They say imitation is the sincerest compliment, so I hope you will take it that way when I copy aspects of your design. It looked like your sank the 4x4 posts and covered directly with concrete to make footers, is that the case? Also, did you pour footers for the swing a-frame?</p>
<p>Correction, I was looking at one of the pictures of the swing frame and I did see we used concrete on the feet. My memory is terrible.</p>
Love it! My grandson would be in his element in this. Hope i can pull it off
<p>what do you think?</p>
<p>Wow. You did my favorite thing...take an idea and make it better. Fantastic job!</p>
<p>what do you think?</p>
<p>what do you think?</p>
<p>what do you think?</p>
<p>Hello,</p><p>We're hoping to start building a pirate ship playground soon, using yours as inspiration- thank you for posting the detailed instructions and very helpful photos!</p><p>How long would you say it took you to build, from go to whoah? We'll have two adults with limited engineering/construction experience (but lots of enthusiasm) doing this on weekends and weekdays when we can find an hour or two.</p><p>Thank you!</p>
If I remember correctly we worked on it off and on for a week.<br>We started on a Saturday morning and I was over there most afternoons. We enjoyed it so much we lost track of the exact time. Now that it has weathered a couple of years it even looks better.
<p>This is the greatest playhouse!</p>
thumbs up... especially like the off kilter clubhouse...
I love this as our son is starting to watch Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Keep up the good work.
Nice job.
Thats an AWESOME play structure ! I need to share this with my sonNlaw. May I suggest you change your 1st picture for one of the finished structure though
Done! Thanks for the idea.
Are you pretty much the best GrandDad ever?; yes, you Argharr!
Made me laugh - reminds me of my favorite pirate joke <br> <br>&quot;why are pirates called pirates?&quot; - &quot;because the arrrrrr!&quot;

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