The Longhorn fort and swing set is our flagship design. The fort stands a little over 11' tall at its peak with a 5'x6' base. Adding the 10' slide, it makes the entire structure 16 foot wide. The 3 position, 6' swing beam along with the fort makes it a about 11 in length. The beauty of building and creating your own playset means you can decide if you want to put a sandbox or picnic table under the fort as you can see in our pictures there is plenty of space. If you want to add some extra fun, add our rockwall option to the side or back - your kiddo's will surely appreciate the little extras to make their outdoor experience "out of this world!"
The Longhorn Wood Fort Design Features:
Here is what you need to know!
Longhorn Fort comes with three swings, ladder, 10' slide, a canopy top and installation for $2475 - up to 75 miles from our Shop (Columbus, TX).
If you are located outside of the 75 mile perimeter from our shop, please call for updated price or to schedule your Longhorn install at 281-345-1997
Placement of equipment must be on level ground, not less than 6’ from any structure or obstruction such as a fence, garage, house, trees or overhanging branches, electrical wires or clotheslines. Swinging equipment is required to be a minimum distance of twice the height of the swing beam from any of these structures or obstructions as well. Please refer to fort instructions for minimum use areas and adjust for attachment of swings.
Reasons To Buy Our Longhorn Playset Over Other Playscapes
Home made wooden playsets and swingsets, while designed and built with the best intentions, are under or over-engineered, made with entrapment areas, exposed bolts, or inferior hardware. Why do more work than you have to? All of our Custom Made playsets are refined for simplicity and voluntarily meet or exceed all safety standards set forth by the American Society for Testing and Materials and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Checkout our Quality Playset Features
Inclined Step Ladder
Some manufacturers offer wooden rung ladders, slippery powder coated pipe or vertical ladders which can be hard to climb. This inclined stepladder is very strong and will help your child develop confidence in his/her climbing abilities. We use 2”x 4” uprights and 2” x 4” supports laminated together make an extra heavy-duty ladder. 2” x 6” steps provide a wide step-up into fort and the ladder is inclined at 30 degrees so you're more likely to lean forward as you climb.
Overlapping joints at the base and top of your structure add strength, durability and overall stability to your playset. Counterbores recess the heads of the bolts to minimize snag hazards and give the playscape an overall look of quality and nice craftsmanship. These wood-on-wood features along with the double bolt construction help make the forts adult and kid safe.
Dual Bolt Construction
Two 3/8” lag bolts are used at all 2” x 6” to 4" x 4" joints. This eliminates pivot points in the structure, minimizes leaning, and adds overall strength. There are 4 deck supports with 2" x 6" planks for the deck. We round all corners and edges to eliminate sharp corners or edges is not necessary but it is recommended and worth the extra effort. The wood in the picture above has been coated with a sealant.
3” screws and 3/8" lag screws are utilized at all 2” x 4” joints. This eliminates a pivot point in the structure, minimizes leaning, and adds overall strength. Pre-drilling of all holes before securing minimizes cracking and splintering of the wood. Notice no splits from fastener attachment and all corners and edges are flush and square. Your friends will think you spent a fortune on your backyard playset.
Solid All Wood Rail System
Fastened with screws, not brads or nails. Solid rail system is set with all openings 3” or less eliminating entrapment areas and providing a high level of comfort and relative safety. The rail uprights are on the inside of the fort, not outside, where they can be pushed out. All upper level sides of our playset designs are enclosed unless there is a play event at the opening.
Solid All Wood
This all-wood a-frame assembly is built to support any load your kids can dish out. Solid 4” x 4” legs and support blocks are secured together using ½” bolt thru beam carriage bolts along with 3/8" lag screws to lock down the top of a-frame support. The spread of the legs is greater than the height of the swing beam and the a-frame legs are staked to the ground to add increased strength and stability.
1/2" Carriage Bolts
and Wood on Wood
Don’t rely on flimsy powder coated metal plates to mount the swings to the fort. OUR design utilizes wooden 4” x 4” blocks and ½” bolt thru beam carriage bolts and 3/8" lag screws to secure swing beam to fort. When you see this, you will not doubt the strength of this all wood swingset assembly. This design also allows some flexibility to adjust for sloped yards, backyards that are not completely level or height requirements.
Don’t leave your investment behind. OUR design breaks down into several large parts that can easily be moved to your new home or sold for another family to enjoy. We make your playset from redwood or cedar to increase the value of your investment of money and time. Due to the over-whelming popularity of redwood playsets, resale value should be 50-75% of original cost. That's two Longhorn Playsets you see stacked on the trailer.