DIY Teeter Totter / Seesaw from Old Tire
I wanted something that was movable, that I didn’t have to cement into the ground AND that was strong enough to hold MY rear end too! After finding an old tire and some scrap wood on the property, I ran to home depot to get the rest of the supplies. A day and a half later, I had this cute little seesaw ready for some fun! It has been a hit with the kids!
- Mitre Saw
- Hand Drill
- Drill bit (7/64 in. bit for handles)
- 3/4 inch Wood Spade Bit
- Philips Bit Tips #2 (for drill)
- Tape measure
- Pencil for marking
- Wheelbarrow (for concrete)
- Shovel to mix concrete
- Sand Paper for sander
- Welder (to spot weld horse shoe handles together)
- (1) 2×6 at 10 ft. Long
- (2) 2x3s at 8 ft. Long
- #8 x 3 inch Philips ,Bugle-Head, Coarse Thread Wood Screws
- (6) Horse Shoes for the handles (I had some used horse shoes lying around my place) but you can buy used ones HERE
- Spray paint for horse shoe handles (I used black)
- (8) #8 x 1-1/4 inch wood screws for attaching handles (four screws for each handle)
- (2) 2x6s at 20 in. long
- (4) 2x3s at 8-1/2 in. long
- (1) tire with 14 inch diameter hole in the middle
- (2) pieces of scrap plywood to cover the inside bottom of tire to hold the wet concrete in.
- (1) 3/4 inch diameter steel pipe – 8-1/2 in. long (I bought a 4 ft. long pipe and cut it to size with a hack saw)
- one carriage bold at 10 inches long, 1/2 in. diameter
- two washers that the carriage bolt fits through
- one 1/2 inch lock washer that carriage bolt fits through
- one hex nut that fits the carriage bolt
- Loctite found HERE
- #8 x 3 inch Philips ,Bugle-Head, Coarse Thread Wood Screws found HERE
- 2 or 3 Bags of Premix Concrete
- Water for concrete
Gather your 10 foot 2×6 and your two 8 foot 2x3s.
First, cut the ends of the 2x3s at a 45 degree angle. Notice the ‘pointy sides’ are both on the same side of each 2×3.
Next, match them up by stacking one on top of the other.
Starting at 3 inches from each end, screw the two boards together about every 2 feet along the whole length of the boards with 3 inch, philips wood screws.
Be sure to put a screw about 3 inches from each end.
Next, find the center of the 2×3 and the center of the the 2×6. Mark with a pencil. Now, center the 2x3s onto the 2×6 and screw together, as shown below. Do this by drilling 6 screws, side-by-side, through the top board into both the support boards underneath, as shown by the red arrows below.
After securing all the boards together, find the center and drill a hole through the side of the two support boards with the 3/4 inch spade bit.
Tip: Put a piece of wood on the bottom of the 2x3s when drilling. This will keep the bottom side from splintering.
Last, sand the top and sides of the 2×6. No one wants splinters in their bottoms!
Time to make the base. First, screw 2x3s onto the center and bottom of 2x6s.
Take the tire…
Now, place a couple of pieces of plywood inside the tire, covering the bottom hole.
Next, mix concrete up with water in the wheelbarrow, as directed on package.
After your concrete is mixed, center the wooden brace inside tire.
Now, fill the tire up with concrete.
Make sure the brace is level.
Let the concrete dry for a day
Decide how high you want the center of the see saw to be. Using the 3/4in wood spade bit, drill two matching holes in the center of the braces. (I wanted a taller teeter totter so I drilled a hole 2in from the top)
Grab the 8 1/2in long, 3/4in diameter steel pipe
Tap it right through the holes that were drilled into both the brace and the middle of the teeter totter (I had two helpers hold the teeter totter up to align the holes while I tapped the pipe through)
Slide a washer onto the 10in carriage bolt and push the bolt through the hole that now has the steel pipe in it
The washer will keep the bolt from sliding through the hole
Add washer on the other side of the bolt…
Slide on the lock washer, it keeps the nut from unscrewing while the see saw is being used
Screw on the hex nut and tighten. You can also use Loctite to ensure the bolt won’t loosen.
Time for the handles! My husband spot welded these horseshoes together into cute handles. Using a 7/64 inch drill bit, pre-drill 2 holes on each side of the bottom horseshoe. After spray painting them, I screwed them on with #8 x 1-1/4 inch wood screws.
Tip: Make sure when attaching handles to leave enough room at the ends to sit. (I attached my handles about 15 1/2in from each end of the teeter totter).
If you want to varnish the wood or paint it to keep it from weathering, you can do that as well!
Now you are finished!! Yay!!
Doesn’t this look fun!
Be sure to check out my other Outdoor Kid Fun Ideas HERE!
DIY Teeter Totter / Seesaw from Old Tire
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