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Swing balance weights (scales) do it yourself

Hello, dear readers and homemade products!
Some of you are ennobling the local area, or a plot in the country. Of course, if you have children, you should also take care of the play area for them.
In this article, Ivan, the author of the YouTube channel “HandCraft”, will tell you how he made children's swing-balance weights, or “scales”. The master slightly modified the classic design of this swing by adding a couple of springs. This solution makes them “softer” in extreme positions, neutralizing possible blows at the end of the movement.
Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands The construction of this homemade product is quite simple, but it requires experience in welding to build it.
Materials necessary for home-made.
– Shock absorber struts supports, springs, bearings 180204АС17
– Profile pipe 60 × 60 mm, 5-mm steel sheet, pipe
– Plastic plugs for pipes
– Wooden beams
– Bolts, washers, lock nuts – – Cement, gravel, sand – Solvent, wood impregnation, spray paint, primer, sandpaper.
Tools used by the author.
– Bulgarian
– Abrasive “Coral” Scraper Disc
– Screwdriver
– Step Drill
– Bits for metal
– Automatic core punch
– Magnetic corners (switchable) for welding
– Welding machine
– Machine vice, file, hammer
– Band saw, miter saw, jointer
– Wrenches, socket ratchet
– Multifunctional square with holes
– Tape measure, marker.
Manufacturing process.
So, the master got hold of some materials at the metal reception – these are two shock absorber springs and a pair of upper supports of the front struts. Before further work, they should be washed from dirt and dried. You will also need to remove rust and flaking paint.
 Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands  hands Next, you need to knock out the bolts from the supports with a hammer, placing a wooden block under the edge.
 hands  DIY swing balance weights (scales) Using the grinder , the master cuts off the protruding corners, giving the supports the shape of a disk.
 hands  DIY swing balance weights (scales) The edge is additionally smoothed and deburred with a sharpening disc.
 Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands The upper surface of the springs needs to be cleaned for further welding.
Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands Support discs can now be welded to the tops of the springs.
Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands  hands  DIY swing balance weights (scales) A piece of steel profile pipe 60 × 60 mm with a length of 280 cm will serve as a rocker arm.
After cutting, its surfaces must be cleaned and degreased with a solvent.
 DIY swing balance weights (scales) Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands  hands The material for the eyelets will be a steel sheet with a thickness of 5 mm.
On it, with the help of a square and a compass, the contours of the central lugs are marked.
 hands  Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands  hands  DIY swing balance weights (scales)  hands After cutting out the parts, the author removes the burrs and cleans the surfaces using ” coral »Disk .
Swing-balance weights (scales) with your own hands The center of the future hole is punched on one of the details.
 Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands Do-it-yourself swing balance (scales) Both workpieces are aligned on top of each other and clamped in a machine vise .
Using a metal bit , the master drills a 50mm hole in both workpieces. Machine oil is added during drilling.
Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands  hands Further processing of edges and cleaning of surfaces also follows.
Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands The middle is marked on the beam, the blanks are fixed on the profile using magnetic corners , and are welded one by one.
 Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands Having measured the distance between the outer planes of the lugs, the author cuts off a piece of 50 mm pipes of the same length.
Swing-balance weights (scales) with your own hands  hands Swing-balance weights (scales) with your own hands From the resulting pipe, you need to make a cage for bearings. First, the part is clamped in a vice and a longitudinal cut is made on it.
< img class = "aligncenter" alt = "Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands" src = "https://usamodelkina.ru/uploads/posts/2021-08/1629379612_dk-099.jpg"/>  hands  Do-it-yourself swing balance weights (scales) Two 180204AC17 bearings are pressed on both sides of the cylinder.
 Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands Clamping the part in a vice again, and bringing together the edges of the cage, the chamfer is removed for the weld.
 Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands Now you can weld the joint and clean the surfaces.
 Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands Swing-balance weights (scales) with your own hands  hands Swing-balance weights (scales) with your own hands The resulting sleeve fits quite tightly into the hole, and I had to help with a hammer.
< img class = "aligncenter" alt = "Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands" src = "https://usamodelkina.ru/uploads/posts/2021-08/1629379616_dk-130.jpg"/>  hands  Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands  hands  Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands The sleeve is now seized and welded to both eyes.
 Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands slightly more holes in the supports, and it had to be sharpened a little on a lathe.
Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands  hands Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands Now the stem is inserted into the hole and welded to the back of the support.
< img class = "aligncenter" alt = "Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands" src = "https://usamodelkina.ru/uploads/posts/2021-08/1629379619_dk-153.jpg"/>  hands Small eyelets are cut out of the same 5-mm steel sheet. Fixing the parts in pairs, holes are drilled – this is necessary for symmetry.
To evenly weld the lugs, the author again uses magnetic corners .
Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands  hands Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands  hands Both springs are temporarily installed in place. This is necessary in order to weld the lower mount for them to the rack at the desired height.
Swing-balance weights (scales) with your own hands Swing-balancers (scales) do it yourself The whole structure will be held on the next couple of strips. Holes for M20 bolts are drilled with a step drill .
As you know, the first step of these drills most often deteriorates, so the author makes the first pass with a small drill.
 Diy swing balance weights (scales)  hands  Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands The corners near the holes are rounded and the surfaces are cleaned.
 Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands Both strips are welded to the top of the post from the same 60 × 60 mm profile pipe. The main part of the construction is ready.
Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands Do-it-yourself swing balance (scales) A pair of wooden beams are glued together, and two pieces for the seats are cut from this material.
Do-it-yourself swing-balance weights (scales)  hands For convenience, you need to make a notch at the top of the seat.
The author made a cardboard template , and sketched two lines on the edges of the seats. Excess material is cut out with a band saw.
You can also make curly indentations using a grinder by installing such a disc milling cutter on it.
 Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands The corners are rounded off with a rasp, and the surfaces are sanded with sandpaper.
To protect against moisture, the master impregnates the seats with linseed oil.
 Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands  hands  DIY swing balance weights (scales) In order for the swing to have something to hold on to, you need to make handles. In this case, these are two T-shaped parts made of pipes.
Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands  hands Finally, you can prime metal surfaces and paint the product with aerosol enamel.
< a href = "https://usamodelkina.ru/uploads/posts/2021-08/1629379628_dk-226.jpg" rel = "prettyPhoto">Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands Having chosen a place for installation, a hole is dug and filled with concrete.
Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands  hands  Diy swing balance weights (scales) At the bottom of the rack, the master welded several pieces of reinforcement. The lower parts of both springs are also fixed.
The finished support is immersed in the solution.
 Swing-balance weights (scales) with your own hands Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands Its position must be aligned in two planes by inserting the level inside the rack profile.
Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands After a few days, you can assemble the swing. The main bolt M20 is secured with a lock nut. Its author drags on with an end ratchet wrench .
Spring supports are attached to the rocker in the same way.
 Swing balance weights (scales) with your own hands Swing-balance weights (scales) with your own hands  hands Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands  hands It remains to fix the seats in their places.
Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands  hands Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands  hands Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands And also close the ends of the shaped pipes with plastic plugs .
The master has not yet plugged the holes in the handles. Here it is advisable to put on grips on the handles, and insert plugs with a semicircular head into the holes.
Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands  hands Swing-balancers (scales) with your own hands  hands These are the children's swings the master built.
 Diy swing balance weights (scales) I thank Ivan for the master class on making children's swing balancers.
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