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Project by Todd Adair posted 948 days ago 2803 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a gift for my parents this past Christmas. They had one at their lakehouse for the past 10 years and a tornado recently picked it up and threw it into the lake. I wanted to build it exactly like the one they had, so I was able to take an old picture of the original and scale it out so that I had some numbers to build from. I did not have any plans to help in the construction. The arbor was simple. The swing was a little more complicated. I put my own twist on the original design and made the seat a bit more comfortable. I also added cup (beer) holders to each arm, a feature that the old one lacked. My mother loves pineapples so, as an added bonus, I handcarved(dremel) one out of some of the scrap cypress and glued it to the top. Turned out ok. All in all, they loved it and I was pretty pleased with the way it turned out. Since delivering it, they have had some neighbors inquire about having some built. Can’t wait.

-- Todd Adair, Suwanee, Ga.





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woodshaver

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#1 posted 948 days ago

That’s a mighty fine looking swing you created for your parents. Sometimes a craftsman must go at it without a plan to follow and for those that can…. I say it takes an extra ordinary talent !!!! Good job!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 948 days ago

Very nice I like the setting too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Mojo1

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#3 posted 948 days ago

outstanding !

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Kelen

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#4 posted 948 days ago

That is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing Todd.

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LesB

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#5 posted 948 days ago

Nice work. I think you need to bolt this one down if another tornado doesn’t get it the some miscreant may appropriate it for their own use.

-- Les B, Oregon

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prez

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#6 posted 948 days ago

I love the setting…and I’d like that pontoon boat too! Great job and the location is perfect for that swing!

prez

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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Don Johnson

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#7 posted 948 days ago

Lovely job.

I keep meaning to make one of these, but somehow other things intrude.

As I have mentioned before, if I do, I intend to include a footrest that makes continuous swinging easy – just with gentle pressure on the footrest.

Something like this:

I guess that getting the anchor points for the footrest chains ‘just so’ will takes some experimentation.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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mtnwild

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#8 posted 948 days ago

Pretty darn cool having such a wonderful, talented son!

Great gift, great looking project…...........

Don, that foot rest look good….....................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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kiefer

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#9 posted 948 days ago

That is a well crafted arbor and swing .
The shaping of the seat will certainly add a lot of comfort .
The setting is beautiful and it fits right in and I am sure your parents will spend many hours enjoying this gift from their son .

Kiefer

-- Kiefer 松

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DylanC

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#10 posted 948 days ago

Just surfing through the recent projects here and your swing really caught my eye. This is the kind off useful, beautiful project that makes me want to become a woodworker.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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stefang

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#11 posted 947 days ago

Wonderful work and a beautiful result Todd, and in a perfect setting too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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motthunter

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#12 posted 942 days ago

beautiful!

-- making sawdust....

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phillnugent

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#13 posted 145 days ago

This is exactly the type of project I was looking for! Hope you don’t mind if I steal some inspiration from this.

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