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A tree swing has never appeared in my childhood nostalgia. And I've never thought of building one until my wife and I moved into a house with a chiku tree in the garden. It has a strong branch which is just nice to tie a swing to it. We're very excited about the idea but unfortunately I'd never have free time to work it out until 5 months later. Haha...what a delay!

Okay, this is a simple tree swing which is really easy to build, even if you don't have any hardware tool at home like me.

Step 1: What's the plan?

Picture of What's the plan?
I drew the tree swing I have in mind on the whiteboard.

Step 2: Get the Materials

I got all I need to build this tree swing at a hardware shop near my house. The boss recommended the braided manila rope and surface finished chengal wood as the base.

Manila rope is very durable and is usually used for fishing net and scouting rope. Chengal is a kind of hardwood tree found in Southeast Asia, especially in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. This is the wikipedia entry about chengal tree in Malay. Can't find one in English. May be you can use Google Translate if you wish to read it.

Besides helping me to cut the chengal plank into the size I want (Dimension = 24" x 10" x 1 5/8"), they also helped me to drill the 4 holes (Diameter = 6/8") at the corners of the wood for the rope to pass through.

So at the end of my hardware shopping trip, I got these:
1. chengal wood = 24" x 10" x 1 5/8" (which is surface finished & drilled)
2. braided manila rope = 1kg (for 8 ft. tall branch)
 
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tigerbomb83 years ago
i used olive 550 paracord instead of rope.
it is water and UV resistant
kiate (author)  tigerbomb83 years ago
Ooo..never know there's such thing. Thanks for your info!
FYI with the 550 paracord the 550 is it's breaking strength (in pounds)
kiate (author)  tigerbomb83 years ago
550 pounds! That's more than 4X of my weight...Haha
that is why it is used for parachutes
Kiteman3 years ago
That's a nice swing, and such a helpful hardware store!
kiate (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
Yup! I don't need to do anything other than to tie the swing to the branch, which can be done in less than half an hour.
splazem3 years ago
Very cool.
kiate (author)  splazem3 years ago
Thanks man!