How to Make a Tree Stump Teeter-Totter

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A tree stump teeter-totter (seesaw) makes a fun addition to any yard and can be built with several lengths of construction grade lumber in an afternoon.

  1. Begin by cutting the stump 12-inches above the ground.
  2. Purchase a 10-foot 2x8 board and two 10-foot 2x4s for the teeterboard or seat.
  3. Attach the 2x4 to the underside of the 2x8 centered and on edge in a “T” configuration.
  4. Drill through the 2x4 and attach it to the 2x8 with either deck screws or lag bolts.
  5. Cut two pieces of 2x4 24-inches long, and glue and screw these pieces to the center of the 2x8s to reinforce the center section of the teeter-totter.
  6. Drill a 1-inch hole through the reinforced section for the pivot pipe.
  7. Build the attachment bracket out of 2-inch lumber in an inverted “T” configuration and attach this to the stump with 3 or 4-inch lag bolts. The teeter-totter will require two of these.
  8. Bore a 1-inch hole through the attachment bracket for the teeter-totter to pivot. Use 1-inch galvanized pipe with pipe caps to close both ends of the pipe. The attachment bracket should be 12-inches high to the pivot hole and approximately 18-inches long.
  9. When assembled, the teeter-totter should be 24-inches off the ground at the hinge point.

Be sure to test out the teeter-totter before allowing children to use it, and treat the wood for weather resistance. 

Last Updated: January 16, 2013
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About Bill Washburn William "Bill" Washburn has a BA in advertising from the Art Center College of Design and has taught at the University of Southern California and Northrup University. Writing from a well-connected studio in the rural foothills of the west coast, he is a frequent speaker at local art associations and has published numerous articles discussing periods of art history and the fundamentals of drawing and painting. William is a master gardener who grows his own culinary herbs, organic heirloom vegetables and a variety of fruits. He writes frequently about his gardening experiences on his website Pioneer Dad. He is an accomplished advertising writer, fine art painter, and art director with more than 20 years' experience. 

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