|Project by Peter Brown||posted 04-27-2016 12:01 AM||733 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
This wooden indoor swing adds a bit of fun to a casual sitting room. So far everyone in our house has had a turn on the new addition to our rec room
The wood I chose for this project was cherry, that was reclaimed from some old furniture, maple that I had from another project and some bloodwood for a splash of color. I love the way bloodwood looks, but it is an extremely hard wood to work with. It is very dense and dulls blades and bits fairly quickly. AKA bloodwood sucks.
Each piece of lumber was planed down to 3/4” thick, by running it though my thickness planer.
Then each board is ripped to 3 1/2”
Then cross cut to 12” in length.
I played with the layout on these boards for some time, but finally came up with a pattern I liked. Now the total width of the swing will be about 25” and it will measure 12” deep. It is comfortable for all members of the family and since the boards are quite wide there is no “pinching” effect.
I bored out a 1/2” hole for the rope to pass through. This leaves 1/4” walls and is more that secure for the swing.
In an effort to further save everyone’s’ butt from getting pinched, I rounded over all the edges with a 1/8” round over bit in my router table.
Last thing to do was a few coats of spray lacquer for protection. I do love the look of bloodwood.
The rope I chose was 1/2 braided rope rated for a 500lb load. It seemed more than up to the task at hand.
I used a piece of duct tape wrapped around the end to act as my pull for threading the rope. I had toyed with the idea of adding spacers between each plank but think I’m much happier with the solid look.
After all the planks were assembled, I just needed a way to secure the rope to the ceiling.
I decided on a back splice. This would end up making my rope into a solid loop. The idea is simple enough, braid one end of the rope back into the other end.
The process was fairly simple after I found a video online demonstrating the technique. I’ve been told 3-5 weaves is more than sufficient.
I went with 7 as I believe in overkill. The rope splice is quite strong and I have no worries about it coming loose.
For hanging, I have exposed rafters in my glassed in patio room. I bought heavy duty eye bolts and quick links. The eye bolts are rated for 350lbs and the quick links are rated for over 1700lbs. Since each side is only holding up half the load this seems more than sufficient for me.
I’m sure there are better methods, and I might have to explore them in the future. As for right now it seems strong and my swing is holding up well.
Thank for looking! My kids have been fighting over who gets to swing next. Sigh, I suppose I can take that as a compliment….
-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters