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Feb 15, 2016

I’ve always wanted to make a porch swing but didn’t have a porch. My younger son recently bought a house that had a porch so for Christmas I decided to make this their present.

Instead of making a porch swing with flat seat and back, I decided to make one with a contoured comfortable seat and a back with lumbar support. It started with designing it in Sketch Up.

The frame was made from 2X stock. The joints were through or blind mortise and tendon. All was glued and screwed together with deck screws.

The arms and arm supports were made with 1X stock. Because painting was done before the seat and back slats were attached with screws, the arm rest (tan) and horizontal arm support (purple) was glued together but was NOT glued to the frame and was attached with pocket screws after the seat and back slats were attached.

The seat and back frame parts (as well as the arms) were shaped with the help of templates since they all had to be identical.

The seat and back frame was a half lap joint that was glued and screwed together.

The front and back beams glued to the left and right end frame assemblies with through mortise and tendon joints.

The back joint of the middle seat/back frame assembly was glued to the rear seat beam with a through mortise and tendon joint.

The front joint of the middle seat/back frame was glued to the front seat beam with a blind mortise and tendon joint.

Glue up of the frame started by assembling the front and rear beams to the middle seat/back frame

After the glue set up, the left and right end frame assemblies were glued to the end of the beams.

The chain that the swing hangs on was routed through the arm rests. To reinforce the wood through which the chain ran, half of a 2 inch black pipe nipple was screwed into the hole using an internal pipe wrench tool pictured above.

Also a drink holder was designed into the arm rest.

The bottom of the drink holder was designed to allow any liquid that was accidentally spilled to flow right through.

The drink holder bottoms are U-shaped and are made up of ends with dados on one end and slots that are glued into the slots. Pocket screw holes were pre-drilled before assembly.

Assembling the drink holder bottoms started by clamping the sides to a block and strips of wood was glued into dados. These bottoms were just screwed to the arm rests to make painting it easier.

With slats and arm rests were removed, all pieces were primed. The seat and back slats and the arm rests were painted red. The rest was painted white.

The front chain attachment point consist of an eye bolt along with a metal plate that was screwed to the swing for reinforcement. A quick link attached the chain to this point.

The back chain attachment was also done in a similar manner.

After all the slats were screwed to the frame, the arms were attached. The pipe nipple reinforcement was then installed. In this photo you can see the bottom of the drink holder that allows any liquids to flow through and not pool in this area.

The support chain (10 feet of #2 welded on each end) was attached with the quick link and threaded through the reinforced hole.

The rear chain was also attached with a quick link.

The chains were attached to a porch swing spring with quick links.

The installation went well and the recipients like the new addition to their porch.

The design and build was challenging and the end result was great.

Thanks for looking at this project. Comments and favorites appreciated. Questions welcomed.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#1 posted 02-16-2016 03:36 AM


Nice present for you to use! LOL!

It would be a little hard to appreciate it during a MN winter! :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 02-16-2016 03:43 AM

That’s a beauty and a very cheerful paint job.

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#3 posted 02-16-2016 04:23 AM

The swing looks like the real professional work. All joinery is a work of skilled woodworker. White and red colour are magnificant. I like the way you made metal harware.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 02-16-2016 05:14 AM

My favorite thing to do it make things for family.

I think Doc hit it on the head when he said you might have an ulterior motive!

Great job on a tough build and the colors are perfect!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#5 posted 02-16-2016 05:31 AM

Very nice Alex

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 02-16-2016 06:40 AM

I’m sure your son & family will really ENJOY that swing!

What a COOL design!

Craftsmanship is second to none…

I really like the way you use Sketchup to display the various parts! You’re a Master at it!

Spring and Summertime will see a wonderful time at their household!
... never to be forgotten!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 02-16-2016 08:57 AM

Wow , rell nice. Looks comfy….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 02-16-2016 10:20 AM

Great swing and write up, Alex!

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 02-16-2016 11:57 AM

Very sturdy construction and aesthetically pleasing to the eye!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#10 posted 02-16-2016 12:20 PM

I previously made a smaller version of a swing for the porch. I believe you’ll need a device to keep the swing from hitting your window when the wind blows. A short bungee cord works well. Very nice appearance.

-- DonB

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#11 posted 02-16-2016 01:14 PM

Just beautiful!

-- ~Julie~

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#12 posted 02-16-2016 01:45 PM

This is definitely the best porch swing I’ve seen. Very well designed and it looks comfortable. Great work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 02-16-2016 01:51 PM

Nice! Looks very comfy !

And maybe his neighbors will see it and you’ll get orders for several more.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#14 posted 02-16-2016 02:07 PM

That is a well designed swing with all the details planned before construction began .
Love the look and the color fits perfectly ,


-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 02-16-2016 04:45 PM

That is a good looking porch swing and well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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