Mahogany porch swing

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Project by aetrev2 posted 06-06-2016 06:17 AM 1427 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a porch swing I made for my daughter and her husband as a house warming gift. All mahogany. The slats are 4/4 and the bottom supports 8/4. The top and bottom supports are connected with a lap joint and the back has a total of 48 mortise and tenon joints. I added a monogram for them on the back which I purchased it on the internet. General Finishes Outdoor Oil was used to seal the wood. It really brings out the deep rich color of the mahogany and adds protection against the elements.

-- Al, Georgia

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#1 posted 06-06-2016 07:18 AM

Realy sturdy construction and good looking design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 06-06-2016 10:35 AM

As Majuvla mentioned, the design is very attractive, pleasing to the eye. Nice finish. Well Done.

-- DonB

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#3 posted 06-06-2016 11:23 AM

Nicest porch swing I’ve ever seen.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#4 posted 06-06-2016 12:57 PM

A real beaut. The finish looks wonderful too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 06-06-2016 03:40 PM

thats a real beauty well made should give them many years of pleasure.welcome to lumber jocks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 06-06-2016 07:25 PM

Looks great! This is on a long list of projects for me. How did you determine the seat curve and back angle?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#7 posted 06-06-2016 08:24 PM

The final design was a combination of on-line pictures, paper designs from Woodcraft, and primarily copies of swings in my area, BUT ultimately what my Wife liked. The back deign was my own, based on my Wife’s request for vertical slats and including a space for the monogram. On the seat, I added extra slats to curve under the front to avoid hurting the back of your legs, a problem I remembered from my Grand parent’s swing. I also input my own ideas for strength; 8/4 thickness for supports, maximum glue area for the lap joints, SS screws, and chain location to minimize “racking” on the supports Given the final design, I built two separate prototypes out of scrap. The final prototype satisfied the “seat” test in terms of seat comfort and back angle. Overall this was a very satisfying project for me and approved by Wife, daughter and son-in-law. What more could I ask for!

Al T.

-- Al, Georgia

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#8 posted 06-06-2016 08:33 PM

Thanks. Great job, again.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#9 posted 06-07-2016 04:03 AM

A good looking porch swing Al. The recipients I’m sure are pleased.

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

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#10 posted 06-07-2016 11:30 AM

nice swing

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#11 posted 06-10-2016 04:15 AM

That’s a real beauty. Glad I went back thru the photos. I’d have missed it. That oil finished you used did an awesome job.

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