Quick, name the first three playground structures that pop into your head--a slide, swings, and a see-saw, right? Well, slides and swings can still be found everywhere but see-saws are teetering on the edge of extinction. Safety issues and liability concerns have made them pretty rare. But for those of us who grew up with see-saws it is hard to imagine a childhood without them. If you want one these days you'll have to build it yourself. Luckily, that prospect just got a bit easier.
Ana White's Backyard See-Saw is perfect on many levels. It's made from dimensional lumber, it's easy to cut and assemble and the final product brings on the fun. While her plans, as always, are clear and concise, it is a bit of commentary that gets to the heart of the see-saw safety debate: 'I personally feel like the most dangerous thing my child does for her health is sit inside and watch tv.' And that settles that in our book.
Be sure to read the comments below the project for some insightful tips from readers and a few upgrade suggestions that are worth considering.
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