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Create a portico for children

In a garden, even small, a portico will make the joy of your children. He will develop their strength and sense of balance. Five days of work that does not present any serious difficulties between the first shot and the first burst of laughter, this is what this construction represents.

Necessary material

  • Electric sander
  • Compass
  • Jigsaw
  • Handsaw
  • Drill
  • Clamps
  • Felt
  • Wood chisel
  • pickaxe
  • Wood treatment product
  • Square Collet Wood Bolts
  • Nuts
  • Concrete
  • Hemp ropes
  • Quick link

Steps

  1. Cutting elements of the gantry
  2. Assembly of the portico

Cutting elements of the gantry

Sand the rafters

Sand the rafters

1. The rafter used for the beam must be properly sanded to remove nicks and splinters that could injure children's hands. Cutting plan, mounting.

Cut out the seat of the swing

Cut out the seat of the swing

2. The swing seat is cut from a 21mm thick board. The tracing is done using a compass or a template cut out of strong cardboard.

Drill the trapeze bar

Drill the trapeze bar

3. The trapeze bar is cut in a round wood 30 mm in diameter and pierced at the ends to secure the rope.

Realization of the beams of the portico

Notching the planks

Notching the planks

4. Trace the notches of the planks and prime them with a handsaw. Watch out for the depth of cut. Chop in advance for extra care.

Clear the nicks

Clear the nicks

5. Remove the cuts with a wide wooden chisel, proceeding from front to back.

Treat the wood

Treat the wood

6. An application of treatment product will allow the wood to withstand the weather without any problem.

Setting up the gantry's feet

Digging the location of one of the feet

Digging the location of one of the feet

7. To properly position the gantry, it is important to accurately determine the location of each foot. For this, dig at the location of one of the feet a hole at least 50 cm deep. Then chock the pillar with stones by checking the orientation, the verticality and the height.

Upper legs and rails

Upper legs and rails

8. The upper sleepers are then placed on the ground to determine the location of the other three pillars. Use wedges to make them horizontal. In no case concreting intervenes before the complete assembly. Each foot must be able to move to find stability.

Check the verticality of the pillars

Check the verticality of the pillars

9. The four pillars have been prepared, well calibrated.

Assembly of the portico

Check the horizontality of the sleepers

Check the horizontality of the sleepers

1. Their verticality checked, you can move to the assembly, ensuring the horizontality of the sleepers.

Drill assemblies

Drill assemblies

2. In view of the thickness of the planks, the assembly penetrations must be done twice.

Square Collet Wood Bolts

Square Collet Wood Bolts

3. The assembly is done using square-planked wood bolts.

Lock the nut

Lock the nut

4. Lock the nut tightly.

Installing the beam

Installing the beam

5. With the high beams fixed, proceed to the installation of the beam. Check the level.

Concreting of the gantry's feet

To screw up the pillars

To screw up the pillars

6. You can now concreting without fear the pillars.

Pour concrete

Pour concrete

7. The concrete is poured into each hole on the stone used to stall the feet. Finish the work by smoothing the surface with a cement milk. The drying is rather slow, but the solidity is only better.

Fastening of the apparatus

Fastening of the apparatus

8. All that remains is to fix the apparatus. The ropes are made of hemp 20 mm in diameter, fixed, by means of a quick link (of the type used by climbers), to a chain section held above the sleepers by a rod of metal bolted at both ends to prevent slippage. Fastening diagram of the apparatus.

(photos / visuals: © DIY-Prod, except special mention)

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