Building a Teeter Totter for Your Backyard Playground

A teeter totter, also known as seesaw, is a common feature in children’s playground. In fact, aside from the swing and the slide, this one is what a child would first look for in a play area. This is why, if you are thinking of putting up a playground for your little ones, you need to learn how to build a teeter totter, which is easy if you follow these steps.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • One piece 2 by 24 by 144 inch plank
  • Two pieces 1 by 4 by 96 inch boards
  • Two pieces of 1 by 2 by 24 inch boards
  • One piece 1 inch diameter 28-inch long section galvanized pipe
  • Eight bolts measuring 2 1/2-inch
  • Screws
  • Auger bit
  • Wood glue
  • Power drill
  • Rubber mallet
  • Power saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Prime
  • Paint

Step 1 – Cut the Boards

From the 1 by 4 by 96 inch boards, cut 2, 24 inch long sections using a power saw. Take four boards and mark an angle even with the ground using a T-square. Cut it using a power saw.

Step 2 – Paint the Parts for the Base

Paint all of the board. Use a sandpaper to smoothen the surface then apply a coat of primer. Let it dry before you apply two layers of paint. Allow sufficient drying time in between the two coats of paint. Choose a bright color like red, yellow, green, or orange. Wait for the final coat to dry before proceeding to the next step.

Step 3 - Assemble the Base

Lay the 2 boards flat on the ground with a 24 inch distance between them. The angled sections measured earlier should be on the bottom. Put the other two boards between these and screw all together. Leave space at top where you will attach the pipe and connect the boards. Do this for the other sections of the boards. There will be two smaller sections that would resemble a ladder slide.

Step 4 – Secure the Base

Attach the 2 base sections with parts overlapping at the top. Drill holes for the screws through the two sections of the space. Leave space for the pipe that will allow that equipment to properly pivot. Secure the piece with bolts. Drill two more holes on the base’s top part using an auger bit. This would be for the pipe. Pound the pipe through the drilled holes using a rubber mallet.

Step 5 – Attach the Plank

On the raised area of the base, lay the 2 by 24 by 144 inch plank. On both ends of the plank, mark a measurement of 69 inches. Attach a 1 by 2 by 24 inch sections on both sides of the marking, leaving a 2 inch space in the middle. Secure these blocks by screwing. This will serve as the pivot point for the device. Use a sandpaper to smoothen rough spots.

Step 6 – Paint the Entire Teeter Totter

Paint it using the same color as the base or a shade different from what you previously used. Let it dry completely.