We live off-grid and make pretty much everything we need. Together we built our home from scratch; our electricity comes from the wind and sun; we catch rain water in tanks we build; we raise a large part of our own food. The kids love this life, especially planting gardens, weeding, looking after the animals and gathering food from the wild for both us and the animals.
When Leo was two, he was awed by swings. Every time we'd go to the city, we were obliged to spend a considerable amount of time at a park, playing on the slides and swings. And when we got home, he would repeatedly ask to go back to the “city swings”. So, when we couldn't play outside due to gale force winds one day, we decided it was the perfect time to make him his own swing. It took us about 30 minutes to build, using things we had around the place, and he never seemed to tire of it. However, having helped build it and acted as our test-dummy, he regards it as "his" swing and is sometimes reluctant to share it with his little brother!
Step 1: Materials
- a 42” length of 3/8” rebar
- 2 x ¼” chain quick links (150+ lb)
- 2 x 3/8” chain quick links (150+ lb)
- 2 pieces of ¾” hose or tubing, each about 18” long (the tube must be wide enough for the chain to pass through it easily)
- 2 pieces of 3/16” chain (150+ lb), the lengths of which depend on how tall the object (tree, ceiling beam, etc.) where the swing will be attached.
Step 2: Tools
- duct tape
- tape measure
- crescent wrench
- 2' steel wire
(metal punch, hammer, channel locks or vice)