|Project by Roz||posted 10-12-2016 03:50 PM||437 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Some time ago I visited the home of a retired man who made swings in his garage from old White Oak pallets. They were well constructed but a little crude. Sales of these swings was good from all indications. This got me thinking about swings and how they are constructed. I had never built a swing. I looked at some online plans and referenced a couple of books and developed my own pattern.
Last year I built two of low grade Red Oak and painted them with enamel paint to be used for our annual Dove shoot that fall. A year later they are doing fine needing only a little freshening and cleaning of the paint. They are long and seat 4 but the design can be made to any length. Because of the length I added bottom and back bracing for added rigidity. I hope they will hold up for several years. They have gained some notoriety and are preferred seating for the ladies who come to watch or hunt.
This year I repaired my back porch and replaced the bench with a glider fashioned from the same bench design. It has added a lot of interest to that part of the landscape.
-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."