Porch Swing

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Project by Sheisserick posted 04-30-2016 11:26 PM 577 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spring is here, and this is my version of a porch swing.

I made a deal with a firewood supplier, to purchase a few full logs of white oak at scrap price. He was such a cool guy, he even let me borrow his sawmill for a day.

A trailer full of boards…. Price: $100

Turns out, I didnt get oak as I had wanted, but rather something else. I think it looks like elm, but Im not sure?
Who can spot what this is?

Lap joints

Test to find the optimal spacing.

After a day at the routertable and beltsander, everything was smooth and sanded to grit 180, and ready for some weatherproofing. Especially since I have no idea how well this wood holds up to rain compared to oak.


Used the leftovers for a matching wind spinner

Thanks for looking.

Please leave a comment if you know the wood type :-D

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#1 posted 05-01-2016 01:44 PM

sorry – i don’t know the species but it turned out really well!

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 05-02-2016 01:46 AM

Mot sure of the wood species ether, but you made a beautiful swing. Looks comfy. What are the dimensions?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 05-02-2016 11:23 AM

What finisher/sealer did you put on the swing?

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#4 posted 05-02-2016 02:59 PM

Sorry guys, I was a bit short in my descriptions this post. It was late at night, and the pictures were acting up, draining my patience.

Dimensions on the bench are (in centimeters): 150×70x42.
Its not really a bench for slacking in. You tend to sit upright in it, and that makes the 42 cm a bit too short for comfort. 47 cm would have been better i retrospect.

The finish on it, is 4 layers of a basic outdoors wood oil. I compensated for the cheap oil, simply by giving extra layers. I let it soak in for a month or so between coats, so it had time to absorb into the wood. I plan to give it a coat every year, so it doesnt turn grey in the sun.

Still no guesses on the wood species?


-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#5 posted 05-03-2016 09:56 PM

Nice porch swing. Great find on the wood—I’m envious. My guess on the species is Elm—even though that is also your guess. It has sort of a pronounced grain pattern like Elm—maybe Red Oak—it’s hard to tell from the picture of the board. I do see what looks like sapwood on either side.

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