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Pond Rope Swing

How to Build a Pond Rope Swing

There is a lot of good material of pond-rope-swings in the internet. Here is my creation from the summer of 2014.

I started the project by choosing a 20-meter-tall Aspen-tree (Haapa in Finnish) from the forest. The log was cut into 3 pieces: 14 m, 3 m and 2,5 m length. The logs was let to dry for about two months and after that it was painted with tar. A hook and rope were attached in the thinner end.


Next I dug H-shaped hole in to the ground near by the pond. The horizontal bar of H-letter is diagonally lowering from ground level to 2.5 meters deep. (marked as red in the picture). The other vertical bar of H-letter is at the ground level and the other is at 2 meters deep (marked as white in the picture). While you are digging a deep holes keep monitoring the side walls not to collapse on yourself.

After digging put the Aspen-log over the H-hole. Like a big seesaw the other end of the log will rise almost automatically when you put the additional 3 m log and dirt over the long one.

After the next winter I will probably put an extra support…


I decided to build the jumping platform around of the diagonal Aspen-log. Foundation was made with screwpiles.

At the end the banisters and stairs were installed. It was the time of the test jump. The diagonal Aspen-log is independent and separated from the jumping platform.

31.7.2014 Copyright Jouni Finnilä © / Kexin oy (ltd) /

Note! These instructions are only for “nice-to-know”-information. Me nor Kexin oy (ltd) does not give any guarantee or has any responsibility of your construction work. Try and build with your own risk. You may use these instructions and guides for a non-commercial purposes, but remember to reference this source.

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