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Project by DonB posted 10-03-2014 01:26 PM 1061 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Downloaded the plans. Plans used a “sandwich” kind of support system rather than 2×4s. Painted all closed surfaces prior to assembly as it was obvious I could not reach most of it after assembly. Cut out one seat support and used a pattern bit to make the other five. Plugged screw holes in the undercarriage and filled the rest. Elected to not use plugs on the seat slats as the swing’s design is rather low slung with not much room under the arm supports (lazy). Finish is 3 coats of “Jekyll Club Cherokee Rust” (hush – paint!). Wood was a big box “select” pine. It happened to be the only wood that was straight, not cupped nor twisted nor warped nor bowed – which was a pleasant surprise. It was, however, double the price, but worth the hassle free assembly.

-- DonB





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Paul Bucalo

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#1 posted 10-03-2014 02:00 PM

That’s an uber-smooth finish if I ever saw one! Well done, Don. Well done!

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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Roger

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#2 posted 10-05-2014 01:08 PM

I like it. Where’d you get the download plan? Thnx in advance.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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DonB

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#3 posted 10-06-2014 01:18 PM

Roger: The plans came from handymanclub.com under “A Summer Swing” by Spike Carlsen, Handy mag, Aug/Sep 2009 edition. If memory serves (thats a toss-up) found the site through Pintrest Woodworking. It was among a hundred other things they had listed. I hope thats a help, even though its complicated.

-- DonB

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#4 posted 10-07-2014 12:21 PM

Thnx Don

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#5 posted 10-07-2014 12:39 PM

Roger: Forgot to tell you I modified the plans and made the 4ft version in the download, a 5 foot model. My friend liked the style of the swing – rather low slung – but wanted a 5 foot to replace a worn out swing. One foot change nearly doubled the wood costs.

-- DonB

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