I made a 5 ft swing from one commercial size pallet and an A-Frame stand to hang it from 6 landscaping ties that had been used to separate large pipes for transport.
My husband works construction so he travels with his job and I go with him. Last year we were in Louisiana for 6 months. While there we stayed at an extended stay hotel across the road from job site which made it convenient for me to build swing and frame while on the road.
Here is where I tell you, I’m retired but I love to build things when given the opportunity so I carry my tools everywhere we go. On top of that, construction sites are the best places to get pallets and extra lumber. They would rather give away than pay to have hauled away. So if you see a job site going up to ask superintendent for these things, they will gladly let you take them off their hands so they don’t have to pay some company to do so.
The hotel needed some extra seating, I looked around the job site and saw landscaping ties they were ready to dump that had been used to ship heavy pipes and thought those have to be used. Alongside the ties was a 5 ft wood pallet that an industrial-size air conditioner had been shipped on, I basically put one and one together then came up with the swing and frame idea. And this is where I came up with extra outdoor seating for the hotel to accommodate guest wanting to enjoy nice weather. Here is where I must confess I built several pieces during our stay and will share these in another post.
- Circular saw
- Reciprocal saw
- Screw gun
- Electrical drill
- Belt sander
- Palm sander
- 3-inch screws
- 10-inch lag bolts with washer and nuts
- Heavy-duty swing kit and chain
- One 5 ft commercial pallet
- 6 commercial landscaping ties
- 8 ft 8×4 beam
- 40, 60, 80-grade sandpaper for the belt and palm sanders
- One-gallon clear polyurethane
- 5 spray cans of gloss marine blue paint
- 7 spray cans of gloss cranberry red paint
- Various pieces of scrap lumber and white paint for lettering