Build It And They Will Rock: The Swings of Your Dreams

Does the warm air and sunshine of spring inspire you to start up a new DIY project before summer begins? If so, you might want to head to your local home improvement store to grab:

  • 6- Bags of quick setting concrete
  • 6- 6x6x10′s 
  • 6- 6x6x8′s 
  • 6- 2x6x8′s 
  • 24- 3/8′s x 8″ 
  • 24- 4″ Deck screws 
  • 24 – 3″ Deck screws 
  • 10- 3/8×8″ eye bolts with nuts and washers

With just those parts (and a decent set of tools), you'll have all you need to put together your own gorgeous backyard fire pit swing set like the one at top. Goods Home Design has the pictures to serve as your guide and while they didn't include any additional directions beside the pictures and materials, comments from the post suggest that these basics and a little building experience really are all you need to make yourself a fire pit with five wooden swings around it.

The comments are also a good place to find a few extra building tips and useful modification ideas -for example, one reader suggested replacing a few of the swings with a trellis that can be adorned with beautiful plants of your choosing.

As for those worried about swings getting too close to the fire, the concensus seems to be that no one should be swinging that hard on these wooden rockers, but if they did, they would merely soar over the fire for a few seconds. On the other hand, no one has stepped up to answer questions about whether or not the swings will crash into one another. Presumably a little light swinging shouldn't cause a problem, but if two neighboring swings start going at the same time, it does seem possible that they would collide. But we believe this risk is worth it when it comes to a functional piece of outdoor furniture that's this great looking and if you're really worried about it, you could always leave a few swings off.

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