|Project by devann||posted 05-18-2011 05:38 PM||3471 views||5 times favorited||6 comments|
This is a porch swing that I made for my mother. I used reclaimed redwood decking from a customer’s deck that I replaced a couple years ago. So it does have some blemishes, but Ma is happy beyond belief and that’s what really matters.
I have made porch swings in the past so I went with what I know and made a few design changes for this one. The first one was I wanted to have real arms on the swing. None of that chain attached to the swing that renders the arms useless. A closer look will reveal some wooden “caps” made from ipe that slip over the ends of the boards that I attached the eye bolts to. I did this has an attempt to eliminate the possibility of the board splitting because the eye-bolt had to be so near the end of the board.
I also raised the height of the back so one can rest their head against it and because my stepfather is on the tall side. I originally wanted the top board to be cut in an arch of some kind but decided to go with straight and simple. I felt like it would be more comfortable that way. A radius would have meant you had to sit in the middle all the time to have a comfortable place to rest your head. I always use the horizontal slats for the back because I believe that it is stronger that vertical and it’s easier to have some kind of contour for comfort.
This is also the heaviest porch swing that I ever made, it’s all 2×2s, 2×4s, 2×6, except for the 4xs at the arms. I generally use a 2×2 frame work and 1×2 slats and a 1×4 front with a hidden piece of hardwood behind it for strength. I did use ipe the beef up the 2xs that make up the bottom of the seat. I did this so I could use 2 1/2”screws at the lap joint connection holding the lower frame to the back. I wanted to have blind screwed slats but things got a little too busy with the framing connections at the front and I didn’t want to do mortise and tenon connections.
The dimensions are 6”0” overall with the seat 5’0”x 2’6”. The finish is wipe on poly.
-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with