Cedar & Cypress Swing

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Project by RWJones posted 08-23-2010 02:10 AM 2333 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished this project!! This swing started out to be a mother’s day gift for my sweet wife, Paula. Due to unexpected circumstances, I didn’t complete it and get it hung until last weekend. Started working on this around the first of May, then on May 19th I tore my biceps tendon loose at my left elbow, and had to have surgery to repair it. For several weeks I wasn’t able to do anything, except sit around and be miserable. As the arm healed and the pain subsided, I started piddling around with putting the swing together as best as I could with one arm. One board at a time, one bolt and one nail, it started to take shape. The seat and back supports are full 2” x 6” cypress, the seat slats are 3/4” x 2 1/4” x 6’ 2” red aromatic cedar. You might notice it is a full 6 foot 2 inches wide, so that we can lie down and nap in it if we want to. For the armrest supports I used 4” diameter cypress posts sawn in half. The armrests are red cedar with natural edge on one side, straight edge on the inside. I used my new Dewalt jig saw and rounded the ends. I decided I didn’t want to bore holes in the armrests, so I used a couple of 1” x 6” treated boards to hang it with. My friend Olen sawed all the lumber for this project and even provided the cypress poles to hang it with, and yes he even helped me hang it. It’s always good to have great friends to help you out when you need it. The beautiful watermelon quilt is the handiwork of my wife, Paula. I would be remiss if I didn’t say a BIG thank you to all of the LJ’s out there. Each and every one of you inspire me to continue making sawdust. I wish you many safe days in the shop!!

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#1 posted 08-23-2010 03:46 AM

Nicely constructed. Ouch!!! I hope you are feeling well now. I think you did the right thing by overhanging the chain mounting boards. I think it will be more stable.

Nice choice of wood. Everything turned out great.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#2 posted 08-23-2010 04:36 AM


That looks great. Working with any injury can sure slow us down, can’t it. But you persisted and got’r done.

Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to swing up your way and try out that swing one of these days.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 08-23-2010 04:59 AM

Thanks BillyJ and HerbC, I really enjoyed building the swing. It turned out to be good rehab, and it kept me from going crazy. Billy, I just always remember not being able to really rest my arm on the armrest of most swings and I wanted this swing to be different. Herb, I know you live just down the road, so hey you’re welcome to come take a swing and try it out.

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#4 posted 08-23-2010 07:14 AM

Hey RW,
Sweet ldesign and cool finish…well done.

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#5 posted 08-23-2010 07:29 AM

Ah, such a beautiful swing, I bet she loves it. Injuries are never any fun, take care of it.

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#6 posted 08-23-2010 11:00 PM

great swing, beautifully done, and one handed !!!!

-- Kim , Texas, " Als ik kan" ( the best i can ) credits to Gustav Stickley

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#7 posted 08-24-2010 01:00 AM

Thanks magicforest! Yeah it was a challenge due to the injury, but well worth the effort. My wife loves it, so that makes up for any problems I encountered along the way.

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