Photo Tutorial: How to Make a Surf Swing from an Old Skateboard
Do you already know the trend of playgrounds that creative parents improvise in their own gardens to amuse their little treasures? Well, these playful fantasy spaces are becoming ever more popular in the blogosphere! Therefore, we would like to propose an easy DIY project to start or perfect yours. Are you tempted by the idea of making an original swing using salvaged materials? So, get yourself an old skateboard and roll up the sleeves, because we’re going for it!
By the way, the swing we are about to achieve is not a traditional design that we see everywhere. On the contrary, it is the so-called “swurfer” (shown above) – the swing feet allowing children to swing standing! By using this extraordinary device, your kids will have the feeling of surfing on a wave, hence the effect of immediate love is guaranteed. Anyway, making a swing that is flourishing among kids is easier than previously thought!
Divert an old skateboard to make a surf swing
The photo-tutorial that we have prepared for you is quite eloquent in illustrating the consecutive steps of this magnificent company. The detailed explanations are therefore completely useless and we will accompany the images with only a few small clarifications, if any. As logic dictates, the first step is to seize the necessary equipment, most of which – a skateboard that is no longer used.
Once the skateboard is assured, use a screwdriver adapted to remove the axles carrying the wheels. If necessary, use a WD40 or other type of stain remover to unlock the stub axles. You will not need it anymore, so you can discard it if it does not allow you to use it again.
Scrape the adhering paper and all stickers from the surface of the skateboard with a wire brush. You will probably need to put a lot of pressure to do this, considering that this is an old skateboard that we use. Then, for finer cleaning, use a piece of sandpaper and sand it to make the wood appear.
All you have to do is paint the ex skateboard with some kind of wood color paint of your choice. Allow to dry well by observing the time indicated on the box / paint spray you have used. It is at this stage that you can add drawings, stickers or other decorations of this kind.
How to make a swing feet in old skateboard
Using the four holes where the axles have been screwed as benchmarks, mark in pencil or chalk where you intend to drill the new holes in which you will pass the rope. Then, use a drill and the tip for wood to easily make them.
Cut two wooden dowels to give them the same width as the skateboard and sand them. These are important because they will be used as handles so that your child can stand on the skate while surfing. Place them on the board where you made your holes, use the perforations as a milestone and mark where you will drill the pegs themselves.
Once the wooden handles are pierced, cut two long pieces of rope, about 6 m each. Of course, their exact length depends on where you plan to suspend your future aerial surfboard. To calculate it more accurately, measure the distance between the lower branch of a tree in the garden (for example) and the distance from the ground where you want to “float” the board, multiply it by two and add a small more extra.
By looking at the photo collage above, insert the rope into the holes you drilled. You can, for example, start with the face and pass them from below by pointing the loose ends “upwards”. Tie knots to secure the board in place and prevent it from moving sideways.
Then, consider the good location of the wooden handles. Their height should be somewhere between the height and the child’s shoulder so that he can use them without problems. Tie knots to the correct height, insert them and tie once more to rush them on the spot.
Making a swing yourself was not a complex task, was it?
Now your board has handles from where your project “Making a Skateboard Swing” is coming to an end! Hang the fascinating floating skateboard through a massive tree branch and let your child have fun surfing through the air!
Playground straight out of the dreams of kids: nothing more fun than surfing in the air!
Making a double-handle swing will allow children of all ages to enjoy it