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My Own Tree Swing

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A tree's favorite friend... 


This past weekend I drafted up and built a two-plank wooden swing, a classic design.  I used two actual butts to measure the width and the rest was just my best guess.  My old man welded up a stake/chain/plate to be buried in the ground, which would later have to be altered.  I took these back to my house in Vestal and started working right after work on Wednesday night.  This caught the attention of my neighbors, who got involved and brought over additional tools, ladders, and spot lights!  We worked until it was done, or about 11 p.m. 

I made sure I did my research on the best hanging methods, knots, and materials.  I didn't want to kill the branch or the whole tree.  I had to cut down the stake that Pops had welded up for me.  My original intent was to dig a small hole and bury it in the ground.  It's intended to lock down the swing when I'm not using it, to prevent the college crowd from getting rowdy late at night.  The other night they were out hood-surfing at 4 a.m. and the kid broke his leg.  Anyway, I digress... :oP 

When I went to dig, I immediately hit (yep, you guessed it) tons of roots!  Somehow, I totally forgot about the massive root system that my shovel would quickly encounter.  So I cut off the plate and just drove the stake in between the roots.  It's not going ANYWHERE!  In the end, I had a sweet swing in my front yard - a perfect place to relax after a long day, and feel young again when the grey hairs won't stop popping up.

 

 

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