Stickley Mission Style Porch Swing

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Project by rodneyh posted 09-30-2011 04:50 AM 9826 views 26 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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#1 posted 09-30-2011 05:12 AM

Beautiful porch swing.

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#2 posted 09-30-2011 07:13 AM

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 09-30-2011 01:21 PM

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 09-30-2011 01:41 PM

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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#5 posted 09-30-2011 02:04 PM

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

-- Anthony

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#6 posted 09-30-2011 05:05 PM

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

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#7 posted 09-30-2011 05:44 PM

Very very nice! looks heavy! great job.

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#8 posted 09-30-2011 06:15 PM

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 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 09-30-2011 08:38 PM

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

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#10 posted 10-01-2011 12:39 AM

Excellent swing, wonderful job

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 10-01-2011 02:21 AM

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 The plans give general dimensions, but leave out a lot of the details.

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#12 posted 10-01-2011 06:37 AM

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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#13 posted 10-03-2011 06:34 PM

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

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#14 posted 09-04-2012 07:14 PM

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

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#15 posted 09-04-2012 07:23 PM

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

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