Are you looking for a great way to give your kid a place to play in the yard without having to spend a fortune on a precut, predesigned playset?
Do you enjoy getting your hands dirty and working on projects for your little one yourself?
Would you like to build DIY playground slides for your kids?
If you’ve ever wanted to put together a DIY playground slide for your little ones, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll take you through every step of the process so you can build a slide that your kids will enjoy playing on for a long time to come.
But what if you’ve never built anything like this before? A project like the one we found on YouTube below (a DIY slide for your child) is generally considered an intermediate job. You do need to know your way around power tools and understand how to cut and measure wood, but you don’t have to be a contractor to get it all put together.
If you’ve had some experience before with at-home construction projects and you feel confident in your ability to keep your little one safe on a handmade item, then read on to learn more about this fun and exciting project!
Follow the directions below to learn how to make a toddler-safe slide for considerably less than the cost of purchasing a precut and premade one. These are not steps that should be performed by a beginner. You should understand how to use all of the power tools on the list above and should be very confident in your ability to put together a slide for your little one. For further help and information, be sure you check out this PDF to help you better understand the pieces of lumber you’ll need to complete this project.
1. Take a look at the lumber listed above in the materials chart. If your lumber is not precut by the hardware store to these sizes already, use the jigsaw and circular saw to cut the pieces to the proper size.
2. Using 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper, sand the wood so that it is smooth and free from splinters.
3. Use a compass to draw the curved part at the top of one of the slide legs onto one of the pieces of lumber marked A on the list above. Cut this out using your jigsaw, then space out the holes at the top of the slide and cut these out with a hole saw.
4. Repeat this process for the other leg with the other A piece of lumber.
5. Draw an arch for the top of the slide sides on the lumber marked D on the list above. Use your compass to draw the shape and then cut it out with your jigsaw on both pieces of lumber.
6. Sand and then stain the pieces of wood you have already cut. When the stain is dry, add polyurethane. You may need to sand and repeat this process once depending on how it comes out the first time.
7. Cut the pieces of lumber marked E and F if needed. Round the edges of the F piece using your router.
8. Sand, prime, and paint all steps, including the top step, before you continue to work with them.
9. Sand the pieces of lumber marked G and H on the list above. Cut as needed.
10. Assemble the braces on the sides of the G and H pieces of lumber. These pieces should form a frame for your slide.
11. Sand lumber part I and attach to the frame to form the complete slide. Sand down the sharp corners as needed.
12. Prime and paint the slide and its assembly.
13. Position the lumber spacers marked B on the list above and clamp them together on the inside of each leg of the slide.
14. Position the steps marked E on the proper side of the slide using clamps, then drill them into place.
15. Continue this process with remaining spacers and steps as needed, but don’t put on the top step yet.
16. Drill pilot holes into the slide assembly and screw it into the slide frame.
17. Use the clamps and drilled pilot holes to ensure the proper placement of the slide on the slide frame. Drill the slide into place securely on both sides of the frame.
18. Place the top step by finding the angle of the steps using your T-bevel. Slide it up the leg until it is on top of the slide, then mark the place where the bottom of the top step should rest. Do this for both sides of the slide.
19. Place angle plates on the bottom of the top step and then place it in the correct position based on the marks you just made in the previous step.
20. Screw the top stop into place so that the rounded edge is facing the slide and the flat edge is facing the side the other steps are on.
21. Test the slide for security before letting your little one play on it.
If you feel as though you have confidently completed the project above, there may be a few things you should double-check on before you let your child play on the slide. Take a look at this list of last-minute considerations to keep in mind when your little one is going to play on your DIY slide project:
After you’ve double-checked all of the safety considerations listed above, your little one should be ready to play on your DIY slide right away!
Do you feel ready to make your own slide for your little one? If so, you’re in good company! Lots of parents take on this type of DIY project and enjoy getting more involved with their kids’ backyard toys at the same time. If you’re planning to tackle this project, here are some benefits you may get from making your own slide instead of buying a premade one:
Of course, there are some negatives to choosing a DIY wooden slide project instead of buying something premade, too:
This is a fun DIY project for anyone with some existing skills. If it’s the right project for you, have fun building your new slide!