Step 7: Drill Through the Tree Limb

drilling a hole in the tree branch to protect the tree
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Pick out a tree with a healthy limb that’s parallel to the ground and at least 8 inches thick. Make sure there’s room for the seat to swing freely without hitting the tree trunk.

Using a long -inch spade bit, drill a hole vertically through the center of the limb.

To parents: Be sure the tree limb you choose is alive and healthy so that it won’t break under a child’s weight.
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