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  • August 24, 2017


My friend wanted to provide shade over her kids play area. We sketched up several designs before coming up with this. Treated 2x2’s provide a strong frame while keeping a minimal design. Turnbuckles allow the shade to be tightened but still easy to remove.

The Ryobi ONE+ Palm router and a round over bit worked great to provide smooth edges throughout the structure.

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Comments (5)

  • Simple, yet purposeful! Sleek way to keep the kiddos cool!

    By RYOBI Nation

  • I love this idea and would love to make it for our backyard. Is there info somewhere on how you made it?

    By Amoore0206
    • We came up with the design ourselves and determined optimal size as we constructed it to accommodate the canvas cover she had purchased. We determined that buying treated 2x4's and ripping them into 2x2's was cost effective and provided lots of strength without being too heavy. A great place to start is the top of the frame by drilling a hole between the two boards on each side and bolting them together. Having them bolted in place allows you experiment and determine the best angle (pitch). Once we had the angle we wanted we tightened bolt to keep this angle and then repeated the steps for the other side. One thing that helped us was to clamp the boards to together as we mocked up a design. We experimented a bit to confirm the height and overall size and then glued and screwed everything together. The final height allowed 6'6" of clearance in the center. She was able to move it around a few times to determine placement and best shade cover. Once she found the best location we anchored it to the ground by using long tent spikes in each corner. To secure the canvas cover, one side of the structure has eye screws and S hooks, the other side is similar but has a turnbuckle between them that makes it easy to tighten or loosen the canvas. This also makes it easy to remove and store the canvas during the winter. Good luck.

      By grover959

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