So you're not satisfied with a skinny rope, a granny-knot, and a branch that wouldn't hold a squirrel? Learn to do it the right way.

An eye bolt will keep your rope from rubbing the bark off of the tree and/or wearing through. It'll also make the swing much smoother.

A monkey's fist will give you a place to sit (or stand) while your swing. And, let's face it, it will look awesome.

Step 1: Step 1: Get your hardware

For about $15 at Home Depot or Lowes, you can get:
  • 1x clevis shackle (a nice big one; mine was rated for something like 2000 lb)
  • 1x eye bolt (long enough to go through the branch you've chosen)
  • 1x regular nut
  • 1x lock nut
  • 2x washers
If you don't already have a rope, get one while you're at the hardware store.
  • My rope is nylon, about 30 feet long and about 1.5 inches thick. It cost me somewhere around $20. 
  • You need 10-15 feet of rope for the monkey's fist knot
  • Thicker is better: no one wants to cut their hands on a thin rope, even if it's strong enough.
Lol a monkey fist will give you a place to sit. Get fisted!
There are only a few cases where a tree is damaged to repair it. Drilling cables through a split branch to repair it is mostly used for aesthetic reasons and when you're on a tight budget. In a few exceptions it can help keep the branch alive for a little longer. Drilling through a branch is a serious injury and will weaken it. <br>The 'swallowing' or growing around a farmers fence is an entirely different thing. At least to the tree. Like growing skin over a wound, it takes ages. That's the speed of trees from ahuman perspective. <br> <br>Old bike tires help prevent ropes wearing into a branch. You can either pull the rope through the tube or you can unfold the tire mantle and wrap it around the branch where you want to strap the rope over it.
No matter how hard I try I can't do it right
That was an amazingly written article! I am extremely excited to make this myself. <br>Thank you! <br>:D
I'm pretty sure that galvanized bolts are very bad for the tree and may kill the branch
you did a good job the eye bolt is a excellent idea,that's the way the tree people cable branches that are weak till the tree grows more.it doesn't hurt the branch much less damage the tree.the one thing I would do is put a tie wire through the hole in the clevis pin to the u part they have a way of coming lose
good idea
Well done sir, how did you get up into the tree... Climb or Ladder?
I climbed, just because I didn't have a ladder.
How dare you damage a tree in this way, that is really really unnecessary. I am, it would appear others are too, shocked by this vandalism.
Bravo for scathing this unworthy scalawag. It's going to confuse all the poor squirrels too.
Yes they will get confused about the nuts!
Дерево не жалко??? Надо применить другой метод крепления качелей!!!
a monkeyfist stopper?! you are HARD CORE SIR!!!
I don't have a convenient tree, but was able to put the monkey knot to good use on a light fixture string. Thanks!!
God job! <br> <br>Hard to believe we live in a day where people complain about drilling through a tree. Too many people with little experience in nature making too many opinions b/c they hear and believe PC propaganda that is killing US - not the trees. <br> <br>Its like if Abe Lincoln tried to give a lecture on the best computer OS. <br>
A tree will &quot;skin&quot; over a wound almost immediately. This bold will have no effect on it's health. Anyone who has seen an old farmer fence with a tree grown right over it knows this.
I used to work for a tree company and the way they would reinforce two branches from splitting apart is by drilling through the branches and attaching cables to pull it together. Very similar to how it's done here. He would also cut the bark away under the washer so it would be directly on wood.. Anyways my point is they were certified arborists.
I just love swings! You did an awesome job with yours! I love that you also did so much research before even attaching it to the tree. Nicely done :)

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