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Project by SgtVrooman posted 1701 days ago 1778 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Douglas Fir porch swing made for the wife as requested. I made it from four 2×10x8’s and plugged the screw holes with an Oak dowel. The most expensive part of the whole swing was the hardware…





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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 1701 days ago

Nice swing.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Alonso

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#2 posted 1700 days ago

Nice design, I like it, good Job

Alonso

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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Dennis_MGWW

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#3 posted 1700 days ago

Very nice. My wife has always wanted a porch swing. The problem is I need to build a porch first. :)

Great Job!!

-- Dennis, http://www.maplegrovewoodworks.com/ http://twitter.com/#!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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nmkidd

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#4 posted 1700 days ago

Nice swing…..good job. All you need now is a small table to hold your iced tea whilst swinging away with your sweetie!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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Kindlingmaker

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#5 posted 1700 days ago

Looks like a very comfortable swing. Good job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#6 posted 1700 days ago

Looks like a great place to while away a summer evening.

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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ratchet

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#7 posted 1700 days ago

Nicely done! I really like the finish. Got any plans for me?
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SgtVrooman

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#8 posted 1700 days ago

Ratchet: I dont remember much because I built it as I went along but… The seat slats are 3/8” thick X 1.5” wide X 48” long, just rip those from the side of you lumber because its allready 1.5” thick. Round the top edges over slightly. I think there are about 28 of those. I measured some deck furniture to get the general measurements for the back and seat. I think the back is 28” from the top of the seat. The seat was about 19”-21” from the backrest off the top of my head. Make sure you add some length for the half laps. The supports for the slats were half-laped, glued and screwed for strength at a random angle that felt right; maybe 75-80 degrees…? I drew the curves for the seat and backrest using a can of stain, garbage can lid, yard stick and free handed the arches together. I then transferred the first set of supports to the next two. Same thing for the arms and arm supports: Garbage can lid and can of stain haha. I used what was left for the supports that hold the swing up. I made them extra long because I didn’t like swings that had the chain go through the arm rest or come near it. Again garbage can lid radius on the ends. The hardware is 3/8” eye bolts with large washers on either end. I used one normal nut and one nut with the plastic bushing inside on each bolt to prevent them from ever backing out. I purchased about 10’ of chain if I remember correctly and connected them with locking loops. The swing is 3’ away from the railing for room to swing. The finish is a Minwax Polyshades Maple Gloss finish. I made it over the summer so I apologize for not knowing the exact dimensions for you. I will be adding several more coats of polyurethane in the spring to it to keep the weather off of it.

Thanks All.

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