DIY Kids Seesaw on the Cheap!

August 8, 2012

The seesaw is the dinosaur of the playground: extinct, yet still held in awe by kids the world over. No longer available to the public in its original form (due to a whole host of safety and liability issues), the original seesaw is the perfect DIY project.  My older daughter had been asking for one for a couple of years, and after finding the plans on Ana White’s website I was able to build one cheaply for about $50 in wood and screws.  This was the perfect weekend project, and I was able to use up some leftover paint and fabric to create this nice addition to our yard.

Before we get started on the details, here is my disclaimer: this seesaw is not tested for safety. Get the right two kids on this and there will be bums and brains jarred from the impact created by the ups and downs. Other injuries can occur. Be cautious with fingers in the lever area. Adult supervision is necessary at all times.  I do not have a full materials and cuts list on this post.  For that list, you will need to visit Ana White’s website here.  I modified Ana White’s plans so that all lumber used was 2×6 (no 2x4s were used) to increase durability. I also modified the upright piece height to 3′ (rather than 2′ in the plans) so that the seesaw can accommodate adults (!).

Here we go:
I started with 4 2x6x8 pieces of Douglas Fir lumber and cut them down to the sizes indicated on the plans.

Next, I screwed and glued the uprights to the horizontal pieces.

Fast forward…  I added the remaining horizontal supports to the base, drilled a hole in the uprights, and sandwiched the handlebar supports between the two longest 2x6s to create the seesaw body.  The seesaw body was attached to the uprights using a 10″ bolt with a nut and washers.  I used a piece of copper pipe as a bushing in this hole to minimize stress on the wood of the seesaw body.

Here it all is, taken apart and painted with primer:

We have been enjoying our seesaw every day since we made it!

Lavender-Infused Herbal Oil

April 6, 2012

Aaaahhh, lavender….

Lavender is in full-bloom right now in San Diego, so it is a great time to pick the flowers and make an oil infusion.  This post will give you step-by-step instructions on how to make your own homemade lavender-infused almond oil (you can also use olive oil, grapeseed oil, or soybean oil.  Just be sure they are cold-pressed).

  1. Harvest your lavender in the morning before the sun has had a chance to hit it.  The plant will be more lush and vibrant in the morning.
  2. Give it a light rinse, if you feel it is necessary.
  3. Spread the plant material out for two days on a towel to allow it to dry some.  You don’t want it to be crusty-dry.  Ideally, it will be free of any water droplets or excess moisture that could cause mold growth later in the oil.
  4. Fill a glass jar nearly to the top with your lavender.
  5. Pour the almond oil in to completely cover the lavender.
  6. Cap it and let it sit near a window that does not get too much sunlight.
  7. Shake the jar vigorously every day or two.
  8. After 2-3 weeks, pour the contents of the jar through a fine-mesh strainer.  Squeeze out any oils left in the lavender.
  9. Enjoy your new lavender-infused almond oil!  You can use it as a body and facial oil or as a base in lip balm, body balm, and body lotion recipes!

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