I would like to build a nest swing for my daughter (similar to attached image) but am not sure what I can use as the base ring under the rope. I have considered bending some plumbers copper pipe into a circle and soldering with a straight coupler, then lagging and rope. But not sure this will be strong enough.

And ideas on where I can find a metal ring of around 1.2m diameter off the shelf?

I suppose another option is a sheet of wood and a jigsaw, but not ideal.enter image description here


1" or 1-1/4" flexible polyethylene pipe, such as is used for irrigation systems, would probably do well. It would be rigid enough to hold shape, yet light enough to not knock a kid out in a forehead shot. If you're concerned about rigidity, nest one size inside another.

You should be able to buy it by the foot from big-box home stores, or in small coils at most hardware stores. You'd want to use an interior splicer, or a wooden dowel if one isn't readily available.

  • Thanks! Have ordered some pipe, will let you know how it goes. I'll post a photo of the finished swing :) – DairyLea Feb 19 '17 at 16:38

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