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PLAYGROUND & PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT
sa   PLAYHOUSE
sa   SANDBOX
sa   SEESAW
sa   SLIDE
sa   SWING
xx   PLAYHOUSE
xx   TOY

Photo shows how to build a versatile play unit with a ladder, platform and ramp. Est. cost: $98.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1972 (v.50#7) pg. 66

Eleven pages show how to plan your lot for outdoor living and adequate outdoor storage. Lot plans for four conventional lots shown. Seventeen outdoor living area photos and nine outdoor storage unit photos suggest a variety of approaches.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1973 (v.51#6) pg. 52

Photo shows how to make a backyard playground gym from 4x4 posts connected with pairs of 2x6s at varying heights. Est. cost: $40.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1973 (v.51#7) pg. 80

Photos show five backyard play complexes that combine playhouses, platforms, swings, slides, etc. Plans can be ordered for two of them: (1) a combination playhouse/storage shed with a ramp slide, and (2) a tree-room, 10x16-ft., with screens on three sides.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1974 (v.52#6) pg. 34

Plans can be ordered to build this movable play unit that has four platforms at various levels connected by a ladder and a slide.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1975 (v.53#6) pg. 52

Photo shows how to build a heavy-duty playground structure with a saddle swing, fireman's pole, deck and ladders. Est. Cost: $80.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1976 (v.54#7) pg. 85

Photo shows playhouse on stilts and attached beam that supports two tire swings and a climbing ladder. Plans must be ordered.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1977 (v.55#6) pg. 108

Photo and sketch show how to make a contemporary "mini-mountain" for climbing and crawling fun. Made from panels of exterior plywood and 2x4 posts. Est. cost: $85.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1977 (v.55#7) pg. 81

Backyard play bars are built from redwood and galvanized pipe.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1978 (v.56#6) pg. 116

Nine pages of photos show 13 backyard, deck, and patio projects.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1980 (v.58#6) pg. 95

Outdoor living. Special section shows a variety of ideas for improving your deck, porch, patio, playyard, etc. Includes items to both build and buy.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1982 (v.60#6) pg. 103

Five outdoor play structures are illustrated. Project plans are available for two.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1983 (v.61#6) pg. 48

Outdoor living. SPECIAL SECTION illustrates "super" new projects for yard, deck, porch and patio. Partial instructions included for (1) Cabana with lattice walls, (2) Jungle gym and swing unit, (3) Combination bench and planter, and (4) Outdoor lantern built of wood and glass.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1985 (v.63#6) pg. 37

Sky-hook gym. Climbing pole, climbing rope, trapeze, chinning bar, flying saucer, rope ladder, monkey swing and skybar. Can be suspended from a tree limb, garage door or overhead beam.
BOYS' LIFE Sep 1969 (v.59#9) pg. 52

Play palace. Two-story backyard playhouse features a built-in picnic table, slide, ladder, trapeze swing, and sandbox. Est. cost: $1200.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP May 1999 (v.22#7) pg. 64

Jungle gym is constructed of pine and dowels. Est. cost: $125.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP May 1980 (v.3#8) pg. 34

Photos of two outdoor playground structures. (1) A-frame climbing structure. (2) Hand-over-hand ladder structure. Other devices, such as balance beams, are described.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jun 1980 (v.3#9) pg. 60

Outdoor playtower features 2 levels and a connecting ladder. Built from 4x4, 2x6 and 2x4.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Aug 1982 (v.5#11) pg. 21

Child's playhouse incorporates a swing, slide, monkeybars and sandbox. Cedar shingles and shutters may be added if desired.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jul 1987 (v.10#10) pg. 32

Play-safe playground. Expert on children's play spaces and equipment gives advice on building a safe playstructure which incorporates a rope climbing net, swing, ladder, slide, and elevated platform.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jul 1989 (v.12#10) pg. 18
Added Info CANADIAN WORKSHOP Sep 1989 (v.12#12) pg. 7
Added Info CANADIAN WORKSHOP Nov 1989 (v.13#2) pg. 6
Added Info CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jun 1990 (v.13#9) pg. 14

The best playhouse. Upper-level playhouse has a porch and railing on two sides and is accessed by a ladder. A support for a swing and teeter-totter swing extends out from the porch. Beneath the playhouse, there is a sandbox.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jun 1992 (v.15#9) pg. 14

Solidly-built playground set features a slide, two swings, and a climbing tower. Consists of eight large 4x4 cedar uprights supporting a variety of other timbers.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Apr 1995 (v.18#7) pg. 26

Wonder Gym, a backyard play center that is built in four steps. Includes a slide, swings, tree house, picnic table, toy storage area and lots of ladders for climbing.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #202 Oct 1979 (v.29#8) pg. 60

Indoor climber, made of dowels and canvas, can double as a playhouse.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #224 Dec 1981 (v.31#10) pg. 30

Playscape structure features a tire swing, tire climbing net, pole slide, multiple levels, etc. Built mostly from scrounged materials.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #229 May-Jun 1982 (v.32#5) pg. 94

Build a rugged outdoor play structure which your children help design. Features swings, tire climber, slide, sandbox, multi-level platforms, etc.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #240 Jul-Aug 1983 (v.33#6) pg. 68

Two children's play strucures you can build. They include a firemans ladder, climbing rope, rope and pulley, sandbox, etc.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #256 Feb 1985 (v.35#2) pg. 23

Personal playgrounds. Three experienced fathers tell how to build a place for your kids to play, learn, and feel at home.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #277 Mar 1987 (v.37#3) pg. 40

Backyard playground is fun, sturdy, handsome and safe. It includes a slide, swings, tire climb, two-level playhouse, ladders, etc. Est. cost: $500-$900.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #310 Jul-Aug 1990 (v.40#7) pg. 28
Correction FAMILY HANDYMAN #314 Jan 1991 (v.41#1) pg. 8

Safe surfaces for playground areas. How to provide a shock absorbing surface for playground equipment. Includes a method for extending the leg height of playground equipment to accommodate the mulch or other surfacing material.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #400 Jul-Aug 1999 (v.49#7) pg. 83

Planting a playground. A site that looks like a perennial garden from a distance but serves as a playground for children.
FINE GARDENING #58 Nov-Dec 1997 pg. 37
Added Info FINE GARDENING #63 Sep-Oct 1998 pg. 6

A play set for the backyard. A versatile twin-tower play set that's built to withstand the forces of weather and children.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #108 Apr-May 1997 pg. 92
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #110 Jun-Jul 1997 pg. 6
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #111 Aug-Sep 1997 pg. 6
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #112 Oct-Nov 1997 pg. 6

A look at timber play structures and ideas on adapting them to backyard size.
HANDY ANDY Jul 1979 (v.3#9) pg. 66

Two-story playhouses feature a built-in slide, sandbox, monkey-bars, swings, etc.
HOME MECHANIX #687 Jul 1985 (v.81) pg. 46

Gym-dandy climber. Galvanized metal tubing and industrial tubing clamps make a custom climbing gym. Rope netting, ladders, and swings are easy to make.
HOME MECHANIX #724 Aug 1988 (v.84) pg. 52
Added Info HOME MECHANIX #727 Nov 1988 (v.84) pg. 6

Backyard play structures. (1) Elevated playhouse features easy-to-climb ladder, aluminum-covered slide, and ground-level sandbox. (2) A stationary giant wooden train includes a locomotive, coal tender, tank car and caboose complete with a stretch of track.
HOME MECHANIX #756 Jun 1991 (v.87) pg. 47

Ideas for children's play areas that keep kids safe and happy at home.
HOMEOWNER Jun 1984 (v.9#5) pg. 36

Outdoor play set features a slide, swing, pipe ladder, climbing ramp, etc. Built from 2x6, 2x8, and 4x4 lumber. A companion guide to accompany the PBS television series "Hometime".
HOMEOWNER Jan-Feb 1988 (v.13#1) pg. 52

Tree-house platform and sand-box play center features a tire ladder, tire swing, slide, etc.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1981 (v.6#3) pg. 56

Build a backyard monorail.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #447 Aug 1965 (v.61) pg. 95

A 4-ft. square by 5-ft. high playhouse, jungle gym, swing, etc., is built from 2x4s and wood doweling.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #494 Jul 1969 (v.65) pg. 77

Outdoor play center has a sandbox and tower built from outdoor wood.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #638 Jul 1981 (v.77) pg. 80H

How to build playground equipment from old tires.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #58 Jul-Aug 1979 pg. 25

Simple playground animals to construct from old poles, tires, concrete, etc. Includes instructions for a simple horse.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #65 Sep-Oct 1980 pg. 34

Making playground equipment from natural things. Tips include a log swing, bark pipelines, bark boats, etc.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #69 May-Jun 1981 pg. 39

The king of back-yard swings. Play set includes a raised deck, ladder, 16-ft. slide, swings, and large sandbox.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #111 May-Jun 1988 pg. 62

Backyard playground equipment to build from recycled materials. Instructions for a "Baby Elephant Ride" made from an old tire.
NEW SHELTER May-Jun 1980 (v.1#4) pg. 66

Tips on building a small pond, bird haven, wildlife blind, garden wall, and playing field in your backyard.
NEW SHELTER Mar 1984 (v.5#3) pg. 30

Child's ride is a spinning disk merry-go-round.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1963 (v.119#6) pg. 144

Kid-powered ferris wheel holds four children.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1964 (v.122#1) pg. 134

Backyard railroad runs on auto batteries.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1965 (v.124#2) pg. 118

Pedal-Plane Whiz Around. Two "airplanes" hang on the ends of a long boom. Foot pedals spin the boom around and the "airplanes" sail out from the boom by centrifugal force. Up to four children can ride this version of the "aeroplane ride" found at amusement parks and carnivals. Est cost: $14.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1966 (v.126#2) pg. 134

Child's play center combines stilt house, slide and monkey bars. Est. cost $50.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1969 (v.132#3) pg. 172

Backyard roller coaster has wood track and car.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1971 (v.135#5) pg. 118

Build a water hoop from PVC pipe with holes drilled in it. Hoop is 60" high and 24" wide and turns, Ferris-wheel fashion, when connected to a hose.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1971 (v.136#3) pg. 128

Combination jungle gym, tree house and teeter totter built from ladders and standard lumber. Est. cost: $65.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1972 (v.137#5) pg. 131

Four playground toys. (1) Bouncing teeter board made from old automobile springs. (2) Merry-go-round swing. (3) "Mountain" built of large wooden cable spools. (4) Stand-up swing.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1972 (v.138#2) pg. 78

Ladder climber playground unit can be used inside or out. A cage built from 2x4 uprights with 1" dowel rungs is hinged at the corners so it can be folded flat. Platform assemblies can be positioned at various levels. Cage is 48" square and 48" tall.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1979 (v.152#1) pg. 80

Sturdy playtower for kids is built using a chain saw. Features a tire swing, slide, monkey bar, and playhouse. Supported by corner posts sunk into ground.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1981 (v.155#6) pg. 130

Two play structures to build. (1) Balance beam, chinning bar, and "fireman's" pole. (2) Balance beam, rope climb, and overhead ladder.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1983 (v.159#6) pg. 98

Backyard merry-go-round.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1965 (v.187#1) pg. 111

Backboard for children to bounce balls against. Stops them from bouncing them against the side of the house.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1966 (v.188#5) pg. 198

Jungle cylinder. A hardboard cylinder surrounding a maze of conduit pipe.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1972 (v.200#5) pg. 158

Double-duty stair tower is a play tower for children with storage compartments for lawn tools beneath.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1979 (v.215#1) pg. 110

Modular deck you can build in stages. Includes a barbecue deck, kid's deck (playground equipment), and trellis deck.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1982 (v.221#1) pg. 88

Build your own backyard playspace that challenges your children and grows as they grow. Features a slide with a curved (roller-coaster) surface, ladder, climbing net, swings, climbing bars, sandbox, etc.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1988 (v.3#6) pg. 34
Added Info PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Oct 1988 (v.3#8) pg. 8

How to build two plywood play units for climbing, sliding, to use as a playhouse, etc. Both units can be cut from two 4x8-ft sheets of plywood. Est. cost: $75.
SUNSET Jul 1977 (v.159#1) pg. 98

A look at home-built play structures for the backyard. How to make a tunnel from a drum, a swing from a tire, a portable balance beam, a wide slide, overhead bars and rings and a wide variety of jungle gyms.
SUNSET Apr 1979 (v.162#4) pg. 102

Tips on a multilevel play structure with units for climbing, jumping, sliding, and swinging, as well as a sandbox, all built in a 15- by 22-foot space.
SUNSET Mar 1981 (v.166#3) pg. 124

Trapezoid climbing structure for indoor or outside play is constructed of PVC pipe. Base is 50" square.
SUNSET May 1981 (v.166#5) pg. 130

Sturdy playset is built from 8-ft long peeled logs as a framework to support swings and exercise bar. Unit is embedded in the ground.
SUNSET Jun 1981 (v.166#6) pg. 142

Tip: Build a backyard play structure with a chinning bar, crawl-through, slide and swing.
SUNSET Jul 1981 (v.167#1) pg. 89

Build playground "mountains", towers, and other structures from sections of power poles.
SUNSET Oct 1982 (v.169#4) pg. 162

(1) Backyard "race track" for a young tricyclist. (2) A detachable slide lifts off its base when it's time to mow the lawn.
SUNSET Apr 1983 (v.170#4) pg. 150

Play structure, 8x8x16-ft. is built from 2x4s and plywood and designed to grow and change as the children do. Features porthole frames, swinging ladder bar, trapeze, climbing rope, swing rings and a sandbox base.
SUNSET Apr 1987 (v.178#4) pg. 142

Tip: Child's play structure has a trellis and swing on one end, a covered sand box and two-story loft on the other end.
SUNSET Oct 1987 (v.179#4) pg. 128

Taking the park playground home. How to build a wooden unit with monkey bars, a slide, ladders and climbing platforms.
SUNSET Apr 1995 (v.194#4) pg. 126

Swingtime. Tips on selecting and installing a backyard playset.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #826 Jun 1998 (v.94) pg. 26

Jungle gym, constructed of wood, has sandbox at the base, a ladder leading to a play platform, and support for a tire swing.
WOMAN'S DAY Jul 10 1978 (v.41#12) pg. 105, 124

Rainy-day gym set made from lengths of closet pole lashed together with heavy string.
WOMAN'S DAY May 22 1984 (v.47#10) pg. 174+

Backyard play structure consists of a 5x5-ft. box-shaped "treehouse" set on top of a ladder-like column. The box is about 5-ft. above the ground and is entered by climbing up inside the column. A "crane" can be operated from inside the box. A swing is also built into the structure. Est. cost: $450.
WOOD MAGAZINE #11 Jun 1986 (v.3#3) pg. 60

Kid's retreat. Backyard play structure includes two swings, a sandbox, and a lookout tower.
WOOD MAGAZINE #23 Jun 1988 (v.5#3) pg. 72

Kiddie gym. Outdoor play center includes swings, ladders and a raised playhouse. Built from pressure treated 4x4, 2x6 and large dowels.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1981 (v.5#3) pg. 17

Sturdy child's gym-slide built of wood and tempered hardboard.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1966 (v.22#3) pg. 6

How to build a combination gym, slide, swing, teetertotter and monkey bar play unit out of redwood.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1974 (v.30#3) pg. 30

Playground equipment for a backyard or community playground. Includes a swivel swing, various climbing ladders and nets made from old tires, slide, swinging bridge, climbing unit from cable reels, etc.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1980 (v.36#4) pg. 5
Added Info WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1980 (v.36#6) pg. 10

Children's indoor play area has steps and slide. A raised platform in the corner of a room is carpeted and has a railing and two play levels.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1981 (v.37#5) pg. 62

Outdoor play unit designed for toddlers. Features a slide, ladder, steps, triangular doors and windows, etc.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1984 (v.40#2) pg. 125

Outdoor hobby horse "gallops" on a large coil spring from an automobile.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1984 (v.40#3) pg. 16

Build a sturdy backyard gym. Four 4"x4" posts serve to support monkey bars, swings, trapeze, etc.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1986 (v.42#3) pg. 25

Plans, construction tips and safety guidelines for children's playsets from the PBS-TV series "Hometime." Construction details shown for swings, slides, climbing equipment, etc.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1988 (v.44#4) pg. 42

Jungle gym. Entertain and challenge kids with a private backyard playground. Includes a climbing tower, slide, sandbox, swing, ring trapeze, monkey bars, and fireman's pole.
WORKBENCH Aug-Sep 1995 (v.51#4) pg. 58

Backyard play structure features an enclosed playhouse perched atop a platform and a sandbox beneath it. A vertical ladder is used to climb to the platform and a plastic slide is an alternate way down. A swing set completes the unit.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1998 (v.54#5) pg. 26