How To Make A Wooden Swimming Pool? [Expert Guide!]

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The concept of a swimming pool has long been associated with leisure and relaxation, but has also been a source of inspiration for crafters and makers. In this article, we will discuss how easy it is to make a wooden swimming pool!

The Materials

You will need the following to complete this project:

  • 2×4 studs for the side walls (or 2×2s if you want to be more traditional)
  • 1.5×1.5-inch plywood to make the floor
  • 5/8×10 sheet of plywood for the deck
  • 2 exterior screws
  • 5/8″ stainless steel railing with plastic finials (optional)
  • Drainpipe (or large plastic pipes)
  • Duct tape (for waterproofing)
  • Goggles, a life jacket, a whistle, a bathing cap, etc.
  • A place to sit.

The options for materials are endless, but we have limited ourselves to the above for reasons of simplicity. You can choose any type of wood like maple or oak for the side walls, and any type of wood for the deck. You can also opt for concrete or plastic for the side walls and the deck. If you are opting for wooden side walls, then they should be 2×4s or 2×2s, not 4×4s. If you have a pool with an in-ground steel structure, then you can use almost any type of wood for this part as well. You can pick up the materials at any home improvement store. Some essentials that you might not have, but will definitely need include:

  • A hacksaw
  • A circular saw
  • A drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Wire brush
  • Sander

If you have a pool builder, then they will typically give you an estimate on how much material you will need. It is also a good idea to call or email the company before you start cutting down trees, as they might not be able to give you an estimate over the phone. Knowing the exact quantity ahead of time is always helpful so you don’t end up with extra pieces left over.

The Tools

You will need the following tools to make a wooden swimming pool:

  • Circular saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Hammer
  • Ruler
  • Level
  • Hacksaw

The above list will give you an idea of what you will need to get started. You don’t need a lot of precise tools to make a wooden swimming pool. A circular saw, a jigsaw, and a hammer will get you far. Having a hacksaw and a level will also make your life a lot easier. A circular saw will help you cut the wood for the side walls and the floor while a jigsaw will make the whole process much easier. A hammer will help you drive in the screws for the railing, the sit, and any other protruding parts that you might need. If you are using wooden side walls, then a level will be extremely helpful in keeping them plumb while you nail them in place. With a little bit of practice, you will be able to use any type of tool easily.

Step By Step

Now that you have all the necessary materials, it’s time to start putting them together. First off, you will need to make two parallel cuts, one that is four inches from each end on a sheet of plywood. Make sure that these cuts are even and clean without any debris on them. Now that you have a plain surface, you can start nailing it down. This is where your first side wall will go. Start by screwing it into place using two screws that are positioned at each corner. Now you can start adding the second side wall using the same process and adding another set of screws at each corner. Once you have both side walls in place, it’s time to move on to the floor. This is where most pools deviate from the traditional idea of a swimming pool and use a concrete slab instead of a wooden floor. If you have concrete slabs prepared, then you can easily attach them to the pool with metal ties or straps. If not, then you can either lay down some tiles or wood flooring or opt for a concrete slab that is on an adjustable base so that it can be moved around easily.

Once you have the floor in place, you can start adding the third wall using the same process. For this step you will need to determine the location of the door and add a third set of screws at each corner. This will be the end wall and it will act as a gate at the front of the pool. Add the other two side walls in the same way, using the same process and positioning the screws every four inches or so. Once all the walls are in place, it’s time to tighten the whole thing up. Wrap the whole pool structure with plastic, adding more duct tape as needed to make sure that it is completely waterproof. Now you can enjoy your pool and keep it as clean as new!

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