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How to Make a Teeter Totter from an Old Tire

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When I saw this one on Pintrest (http://sweetteal.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/diy-recycled-tire-rocker-aka-tire-teeter-totter/), I had to have one.  I can’t afford a great Rocking Horse, so this would be a great substitute and was small enough to go into the basement with the other little kids’ toys.  One big problem, no old tire.  I mentioned it to a friend and she had some in her backyard.  Before you could say “Merry Christmas” I had an old tire. (They still can’t believe that I really wanted it.) Hurray!  So here we go on an adventure on how to make a Teeter Totter out of an old tire.
 
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Step 1:

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Supplies: (This picture doesn't show everything on the list)
An old tire (doesn’t have to be very big)
A saws-all
2” x 8” x 24” long board (scrap will do)
1” x 9” x 48”inch long board
10-2” long wood screws
2- ¼” x 4” carriage bolts,
2- ¼” washers
2-¼” nuts
2- ½” x 3” carriage bolts,
2- ½” washers
4-½” nuts
2-5/8” washers 
Chop saw
Table saw
Saber saw
Router
½” corner round router bit
Drill with screw driver bit
Long ¼” drill bit
½” drill bit
Belt Sander with sand paper
Tape measure
Socket wrench, to fit both sizes of bolts nuts
Primer paint
Spray paint (your choice of color(s))
2-1¼” diameter dowel, 8” long
2- 1¼” x 1¼” x 4” long wood blocks
Wood filler (we used Sugru)

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First thing you do is clean your tire, especially if it is going to be an inside toy.

Next thing do is cut the tire in half.   My Hubby took this on without warning me, so there are no pictures of the before part of the project.  It’s not perfectly straight, and cutting through the steel belts really dulled the blades, (sorry about that Sweetheart).  Also, because it was winter outside, he did it inside the house, so the house spent a day smelling like burnt rubber (you think?).

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Take the tape measure and measure the distance between the inside walls of the tire, at its widest, and the diameter of the inside of the tire. 
beba172 years ago
this is super great u guys!!! its great for winter time!! luv it
craftknowitall (author)  beba172 years ago
Thank you!
thingy2 years ago
Nice repurpose. 5 stars.
craftknowitall (author)  thingy2 years ago
Thank you!
kenbob2 years ago
I'm smiling! Adorable vid, and great instructable.
craftknowitall (author)  kenbob2 years ago
Thank you!
rimar20002 years ago
Clever! Good work.
paganwonder2 years ago
I see what you did there..very clever!
craftknowitall (author)  paganwonder2 years ago
Thank you!
Wow. Just want to say "nicely done"!
craftknowitall (author)  cheesebubble2 years ago
Thank you!