This is a manual in only 10 steps for a portable swing.
Hi I am Manou, a first year student product design at college university of west Flanders in Belgium, Howest. We had an assignment to make a swing. He had to be portable and as light as possible. This is my swing. Enjoy.
Step 1: Materials
1) 12m climbing rope
2) a shelf (as light/thin as possible)
3) firm sticks (min 47cm, 3,3cm diameter)
4) 2x carabiners
5) 2x height adjustments
6) 4 stretchers
7) 2 velcro fasteners
Step 2: The Right Size
1) cut the climbing rope in 2 pieces of 6m.
2) saw shelf 13x35
3) saw a cut of 3cm, 1,5cm of each edge
Step 3: To Mill
Mill in the middle of the sticks 0,3cm (the height of the shelf) and 35cm long (the lenght of the shelf). Now the shelf fits perfectly in the sticks.
Step 4: Holes
Drill a hole on each side of the sticks.
First stick: two holes horizontal (1,5cm from each side)
Second stick: two holes vertically (1,5cm from each side)
OPTIONAL: If you want to make your swing as light as possible you can drill some extra holes in your sticks.
Step 5: Strechers
Take the strechers and put two on each stick.
Step 6: Height Adjustments
Put the rope in the upper hole of the height adjustments and forward in the middle.
Left and right rope.
Step 7: Rope in Sticks
Put the rope in one hole of the stick and in the opposite hole of the other stick. Then knot it.
Do the same thing with the second rope.
Step 8: Fix the Shelf
Fix the shelf on the sticks by means of the stretchers.
Step 9: Your Swing Is Ready
Your swing is now ready to use.
Step 10: Step 10: Enjoy
Remove the stretches of one stick.
Throw the stick over a branch.
Fix your shelf by means of the stretchers.
Click the carabiners. One on each side.
Now you can swing, Enjoy!
Step 11: Movie