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Stickley Mission Style Porch Swing

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Project by rodneyh posted 1055 days ago 4811 views 25 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Stickley mission style porch swing. The original design I copied had a wicker seat which I didn’t care for. Found this variation at a high end shop on the web and liked it much better. Very heavily built of QS white oak. All of the joinery is mortise and tenon, except where the posts are halved to attach to the seat. Finish is Transtint dye stain, sealer, gel stain to darken the grain, and 3 coats of varnish. HW is steel which I spray painted with Rustoleum “hammered copper”. I read some good reviews on the web and went for it. I love how it came out, but I’m already having wear / chipping issues. At some point I’m sure I’ll have to replace it. It was a gift for my wife who loves it.





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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 1055 days ago

Beautiful porch swing.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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kenn

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#2 posted 1055 days ago

This is a wonderful project! I really like your wood selection, the figure pops. Sorry the copper rustoleum didn’t work but it looks cool here. I might have to steal this idea one day. Thanks for posting.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#3 posted 1054 days ago

Very nice job. This is a good looking piece of furniture. I would hate to leave it out on the porch.

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#4 posted 1054 days ago

Dude, that’s BEAUTIFUL. I absolutely love the style… great job on the finish, you really popped the tiger striping and it looks like antique wood, right from the get go. I wish I would have done this for mine!

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woodzy

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#5 posted 1054 days ago

That is a great looking swing chair.
The finish looks fantastic.

-- Anthony

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Tyler

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#6 posted 1054 days ago

Great design and execution. Looks like a perfect spot to sit and do nothing.

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B13

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#7 posted 1054 days ago

Very very nice! looks heavy! great job.

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rodneyh

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#8 posted 1054 days ago

Thanks for the kind words. I do love how this came out. It is definitely my nicest piece so far. The finish is Jeff Jewitt’s recipe for Stickley Centennial http://thewoodwhisperer.com/files/mission_oak_jewitt.pdf. I’ve used variations of his Stickley recipes for everything I’ve done, and have always had good results. It’s nice that I never have to use a brush.

Getting a lot better at my lumber selection. I’m finding that for QSWO (if you want highly figured pieces), the best pieces are found by looking at the end grain, rather than from the surfaces that happen to be exposed at the yard. Any stick with thick ray flecks in the end grain that run parallel to the flat surface can be planed down to an exceptional exposed surface.

I’m not too worried about it being outside. It’s on a covered porch on the north side of our home, so actual exposure is pretty minimal. A bit of early morning sun in the summer, but never any water. White oak is a great wood for rot resistance and moisture problems (used a lot in boat building). My only real concern is warpage of the seat. The perimiter is 8/4, but the big piece is 4/4 as I wanted some flex.

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#9 posted 1054 days ago

Nice looking swing. Job well done, did you design it yourself, or was there a plan?

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NormG

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#10 posted 1054 days ago

Excellent swing, wonderful job

-- Norman

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rodneyh

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#11 posted 1054 days ago

The plan is in Making Authentic Craftsman Furniture, which is a compilation of Gustav Stickley Articles in The Craftsman, which is a early 1900s magazine. The articles are also available for free online http://workshoppages.com/WS/Craftsman.htm The plans give general dimensions, but leave out a lot of the details.

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Hallmark

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#12 posted 1054 days ago

That’s a keeper and a very nice effort on a great looking swing.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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Grant Davis

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#13 posted 1051 days ago

Fantastic, I love this piece. Great craftsmanship my friend.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#14 posted 714 days ago

you indicate that you saw a similar swing on a website, do you mind sharing the website?

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rodneyh

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#15 posted 714 days ago

This is the swing that I attempted to copy. They make a lot of really nice mission furniture.

http://headheartandhand.com/gsswing.html

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