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Posted by Animation1999, on 2009-01-25 09:48:04

Hardware Store Question

If I were to make say uhh.. A playground with swings,monkey bars,a bench & 2 trees. What supplies would I need to buy at a hardware store to build it? & after I get the supplies, How do I build it?

Posted by castlegardener, on 2009-01-25 12:44:20

this really depends what part of the set is going to be used and what part is just for looks, like a swing that has to hold the weight of a puppet and actually swing back and forth is way different than just a prop swing that no one ever touches. Give us some more details.

Posted by Animation1999, on 2009-01-25 14:21:40

[div class="dcquote"][strong]Quote[/strong] this really depends what part of the set is going to be used and what part is just for looks, like a swing that has to hold the weight of a puppet and actually swing back and forth is way different than just a prop swing that no one ever touches. Give us some more details. [/div] hmmm... Well... The swing has to hold the weight of the puppet & swing back and forth. The bench,The 2 trees & The monkey bars are simply just props. and I'm going for a realistic look.

Posted by castlegardener, on 2009-01-25 14:51:24

I would probably build the swing set out of wooden dowels and paint them to look like metal. You could buy real metal rods, but they are harder to cut and fabricate I would get some wooden dowels, a handsaw or even a hacksaw, some wood glue and a drill would be nice too. The chains on the swing could be real chain, like a necklace or hobby chain. The seat could be wood. A few tiny eye hooks would hold the chain to the top bar and to the seat. You could attach clear fishing line to the seat and pull it back and forth to make it swing. The bench could be scrap wood or styrofoam, cut to shape, glued together and painted. The tree could start with a wire trunk, wrap it tape or paper, paint, separate wires at the top for individual branches. Glue on some fake leaves or green hobby texture for the canopy.

Posted by DaveHettmer, on 2009-01-25 17:06:51

[div class="dcquote"][strong]Quote[/strong] You could buy real metal rods, but they are harder to cut and fabricate. [/div] Ok, don't know what you're gonna do with this info, but I recommend the opposite - use metal. The hacksaw will work nicely for metal, and you can use brass tubes if they're the right size. In addition, since the swing needs to work and you're at a point where you're having to ask how to do this, I recommend making the artistic decision that the swing will be attached by ropes rather than chain. Then you can use small metal rods painted to look like rope that will be much sturdier. You can bend the rope rods up and around the supporting bar like a screw eye and have your pivoting swing. The bench should be wood or metal; styrofoam would break. As mentioned above, fishing line would work to make it swing.

Posted by castlegardener, on 2009-01-25 17:10:31

there you go, a couple different ideas, please let us know how you end up making it work.

Posted by Animation1999, on 2009-02-12 19:43:05

Well here's the status of my set: (see attachments below)