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Backyard Discovery Skyfort II All Cedar Wood Swing Playset
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- One of our most popular backyard playset kits featuring both a clubhouse and a lower playdeck, 2 belt swings, a swing glider, a slide, a sandbox and monkey bars
- Raised kids clubhouse with wood roof, windows, covered entry way, and bay windows. Roomy front porch with sun balcony and even a crow's nest
- A picnic table for four beneath the upper kids fort. Thre is also a sandbox for kids beneath this backyard fort in this skyfort cedar swing set
- Two standard belt swing set swings and a two-person swing set glider. A 10 foot kids slide - wavelike super safe but speedy in this wood playset
- Our swing set with monkey bar makes this backyard playset fun and challenging for kids. A standard playset ladder as well as a challenging solid rock climbing wall for kids
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Huge Upper Fort
A spacious upper fort leads to the crow's nest. Your kids will feel like they are on top of the world.
The rock wall is both fun and challenging. Metal grab handles make getting in an out of the upper fort easy and safe.
Climbing builds strength and coordination. Anchored metal ladder and climbing rungs will not flex or roll while in use.
3 Position Swing Beam
Includes two belt swings and a fun two person glider!
Skyfort II Wooden Swing Set
The Sky Fort II is made from 100% cedar. With small, tight knot structure, your lumber will be less likely to develop small cracks emanating from knots. In laboratory testing, our durable cedar wood proved to be rot resistant and highly resistant to natural decay. All lumber is pre-stained for a smooth and clear appearance, as well as cut and stamped with the part number to help speed up the building process. Some pilot-hole drilling may be required. Our exclusive Safe-T-Fuse hardware makes assembly easy and secure. Its laminated swing beam is built strong, with steel clam-shell brackets to ensure that swinging is always safe.
- Raised clubhouse
- Front porch with sun balcony
- Wood roof
- Crow's nest
- Lower deck with snack stand and picnic table
- Monkey bars
- Three-position swing beam
- Rock climbing wall
- 10' ft. wave slide
Exclusive Safe-T-Fuse Hardware
Safe-T-Fuse locking nuts resist loosening over time and the rounded surface wont catch on clothing or scrape little hands.
Heavy Duty Brackets
High strength steel brackets are used to join major components together. Powder coating is applied to all metal parts for maximum protection from the elements.
Made from 100% cedar wood, which naturally resists mold and decay. All plastic components are UV resistant.
Meets ASTM Standards
All Backyard Discovery sets meet or exceed the toughest safety standards to make sure your kids are safe.
This outdoor playset will be the kids' favorite, with its raised clubhouse play fort, wooden roof, gabled entry way and balcony. From the crow's nest, they’ll cast a keen eye to the horizon, then race to the monkey bars and swing set on its three-position swing beam. A solid rock wall and standard ladder will give them healthy climbing fun while a 10' wave slide will zoom them down to start all over again!
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After its arrival, my best friend and I used bedtime, and our massive garage, to lay everything out. Very first step? Print the PDF version (found online) of the manual, page by page. I just printed the actual steps pages, and not all the rest. So, use your "print pages" option to save yourself a few trees. Next, I purchased fold top, cheap sandwich bags and had a couple sharpies handy. Then we opened the boxes, and pulled the packing slips out (one box was missing a packing slip, so we just used process of elimination). There is no rhyme or reason for how this all is packed, other than it fits perfectly, into 3 boxes, like a puzzle.
The steps have you put together big items first (monkey bars, swing set assembly, rock wall, rear ladder, crow's nest base and slide). Then, it goes on to step by step for how to build the clubhouse. After the main structure is together, you attach all the things. We took the first page(s) and found all of the items needed to construct the first big item. We laid them all into a pile, found all of the nuts/bolts/locks/etc and put them into individual baggies (clearly labeled). We piled them all together, and put the corresponding papers on top of it. Then to the next large piece's parts and pages... and the next, and the next. Soon, all of the main items were placed into piles, with every piece of wood and hardware, with the pages that told you how to construct them, laying on top.
Next, we got to the instructions for each step of the main structure/clubhouse. Since you can't really "group" them together, we literally went page by page. Each page has what wood pieces and hardware are needed, listed on the top. Some piles had 1 piece of wood, and a bolt or two... some piles had MULTIPLE. (Oh... each baggie, with hardware, I would write something like "monkey bars - bolt # and what size/quantity"... just look at the photos for all of these examples, cause I don't want to explain it wrong). But, we just went page by page. Laying it all out, in order. This took us 2 nights... just the two of us (and a few adult beverages).
Here was my thought process... I had myself, my husband, and 2 other couples, willing to come over and help FOR ONE SATURDAY. What I didn't want? One single book, being passed around, people looking for things, using wrong pieces, losing things, etc. If I had them for a day, I needed to make the MOST of it. It totally worked! It was the most methodical madness...ever. All the comments from friends were "I'm so glad you had this all so organized!"
They all came over Saturday morning. They brought their drills and bits (and coffee). We got started right away (about 11AM). Each couple grabbed one of the larger item piles, and put together whatever it was (my one piece of advice? Pay attention to the slide... bolting the wood to the bottom? You need to leave a little slide at the end. The piece of wood doesn't sit flush with the end of the slide. I missed this. Thankfully, a friend had a good idea with how to fix it, without making more holes in the slide... thank you, friend!). After all of the items were constructed, we set them in the front yard.
It was now on to constructing the clubhouse. This part was harder to work with all 6 hands. But, some were working, and others were grabbing items/tools/instructions/etc. We decided to build most of the clubhouse on the driveway, for a level surface, and easy access to all of the steps, that were still laid out in the garage. Once we got to a point that we felt we should move it, we brought it down (again, refer to photos). From there, we had people bringing each step down, and crews alternating working on the rest of the steps (it was pretty hot that day, so the switching off was nice). But, it was great to have some extra company and encouragement. ;) Toward the end, we had all the crews connecting the big items, simultaneously, and the lone man up in the crow's nest (that thing is seriously the most time consuming part of it all). While they were finishing all the last details, I ran to Home Depot, and picked up 15 50lb bags of play sand. I think we wound up only using 12-13 bags, for all of you wondering. By 7PM, every last item was done, the sandbox was filled, and the kids were having a blast.
Later, we got some 5" edging, and edged out an irregular shape, around the play set. It took about 6 yards of play bark to fill it with a few inches (makes my mama heart feel better, in case anyone falls off). All in all, I'm estimating it took about as long to lay out the parts as it did to put it together. However... it was completely worth it. I would NOT do it any other way. Nothing was lost, broken, installed wrong (except ALMOST the bottom board of the slide). A few pieces were a little warped.. but none were broken. This is WOOD. Not every piece will be perfect.
Do I regret this purchase? Absolutely not! My kids are like "can we go out and play on our park, before dinner?" They love it. They are 3.5 and 2, and play just great on it. It is PLENTY tall. Adults can fit... even up in the crow's nest. Can I stand up, completely (I'm 5'11")? No. But we have older children come play on it, and no child has been "too big" for it, yet. I think the oldest child we had was like 10.5? Perhaps older. The slide is long... even I get going a little bit on it. Before I added the wood chips, I could dangle from the monkey bars (there are 4 bars), without touching the ground. With wood chips, I just barely have to pick up my feet. The girls are too small to do the monkey bars alone. I've seen some people block off the entrance to it, on the club house, and leave them off altogether, but my kids don't attempt without us, so we opted to leave it on, for their older friends/cousins. They learned to do the rock wall quickly, and love it. They eat on the picnic table a lot. Downfall? Their friends can NOT keep the sand in the sandbox. I'm debating constructing something that keeps it closed, so those friends can't get into it... I HATE cleaning up the sand from the lower deck. The seesaw swing is awesome, since the girls aren't big enough to "pump" on a normal swing really well, yet. They get going on that double swing like crazy, so I don't always have to be out to push them on the other 2. The telescope is fun. It isn't magnified, or anything, but nobody has complained.
I can see us getting MANY years of good use out of this. I'm so happy I didn't get a smaller set. Truly... for the price, you get SO many options for them to play on, and kids of all sizes can fit. It is very very sturdy, and looks beautiful in the yard. I am happy to answer questions!
The slide isn't a great construction and came apart. I had another one piece slide and used that instead.
The biggest hassle for me was leveling the ground I installed it on. It has a slight slope to it and made it especially challenging. Not the fault of the product in any way.
Sam's Club had the best price.
The last board went on last night, five weeks to the day from when I received the four boxes and the slide. If you have a full-time job, have to go out of town one weekend and get rained out one weekend, doing it by yourself with occasional help from another person, working on it evenings and Saturdays, it will probably take you this long. I took a couple of days off from work to make up for the two lost Saturdays. If you choose to work on the Skyfort on Sundays (I didn't), you will finish faster. It is NOT hard! It is time consuming and just requires step by step organization. (See below about organizing yourself for each step or page.) If you like building scale model kits just pretend you are working on a full scale model, for the grandkids no less, and it is fun.
If you don't want an 18 wheeler in your driveway, agree to meet the truck at a parking lot near you and tran-sload the boxes. The boxes are 8 feet long and will fit two wide in a pickup bed. The slide is 10 ft, so you'll have to secure it with a cargo strap.
Following are extracts of "best recommendations" I used from earlier buyers as I was going along, plus my additional comments after having completed the project;
"Two errors in the manual...you must complete step 13 before step 12, and you will have to drill holes in step 88." We recommend getting the sand box floor kit. We used sand for our safety zone, so there was no need for the sand box under the tower. The full floor on the bottom makes the picnic table area nicer and not so crowded. If you install the optional floor kit, make sure the center support board lines up with the pre-drilled holes in the floor boards. The directions will lead you to miss it by about six inches.
"After you assemble the frame to the main playhouse, the instructions tell you to lay the bottom floors, then anchor it. This needs to be done the other way around. The anchors go under the floor...oops :)." We decided to use all 8 anchors just on the tower. You can buy extra anchors at Lowes or Home Depot to use on the swing and monkey bar supports.
"Make sure you have a lot of room to lay the wood out, it's amazing how many pieces this thing actually comes in. I sorted everything in alphabetical order and numeric order" It also helps to label the different alphabetical piles of boards with a sticky note (taped on) and text large enough to read standing up. The numbers on the boards are really small. You will be searching for specific boards as you assemble the parts for each step or page as you go along.
"LAY OUT ALL BOARDS, categorize, and inventory all things first. SAVES you time...only takes about 2 hours (i used garage floor)." It took me three evenings, two hours each evening, to complete the inventory and layout, including hardware. I used one garage bay to lay out the stacks of boards and one bay as a working area for treating the wood.
"Finding boards was easy. I would also suggest putting all the bags of Fasteners in large containers. I just put them in large zip lock bags, but plastic containers would work well."
DO THIS: Go to Lowes or HD and get two 18-drawer storage organizers (red - sold as a set of 2) and eight larger plastic bins (yellow - sold as a set of 8). You will use them all! I put these all on a shelf side by side, put a different set of hardware (screws, bolts, nuts, washers, etc) in each drawer, labeled the front of each drawer, and used the larger bins for the long bolts and large bags of screws. This pays off when you go to organize yourself step by step as you work through the 103 steps for assembly!
" Inventory all boxes when they arrive. The company two-day mails any broken/ missing pieces via their website." My inventory was 100% correct with a few extras on the hardware.
"Double coat all pieces with water sealant before building (it took almost 4 gallons.)" Double sealing is not necessary (use Thompsons water seal and read the directions), so you will only need two gallons of water seal. You can seal each set of boards by numbered step as you need them, or by page in the book, instead of trying to seal the entire set up front. This gives you a better routine, i.e. seal the boards for one step or page. While they are drying, go sit down and draw out only the hardware needed for that same step or page, then go back and do the work that far.
You can complete up through step 6 in your garage or work area, then move the assembly to the point of completion. "Build the first steps on very level ground, like a deck. Then move this box structure into place when directed."
"I would personally suggest an electric drill for the sake of power, speed, and less bulk( you will be doing a lot of pilot holes in thick wood) but if you have multiple batteries for a cordless, go for it." I purchased a 3/8 inch power drill/driver with two lithium batteries for $89.00 from Lowes. This is a life saver and a must have. 1/2 inch is not needed for this project, so save your money. Mine is Porter-Cable. One of the best tools I've ever owned. Make sure you get a snap-chuck set. This will save time when you have to constantly switch between driver bit for screws and sockets for bolts and lag screws.
For the areas that will wear, scratch, or splinter during assembly (they will), you can get Minwax sealer stain in Gunstock color.