Cypress Arbor and Swing

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Project by Todd Adair posted 01-23-2012 08:08 PM 6228 views 10 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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#1 posted 01-23-2012 08:25 PM

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!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 08:39 PM

Very nice I like the setting too.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 01-23-2012 09:53 PM

outstanding !

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#4 posted 01-23-2012 10:00 PM

That is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing Todd.

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#5 posted 01-23-2012 10:13 PM

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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#6 posted 01-23-2012 11:45 PM

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


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

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#7 posted 01-24-2012 12:35 AM

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,

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#8 posted 01-24-2012 01:54 AM

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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#9 posted 01-24-2012 04:31 AM

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

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#10 posted 01-24-2012 04:46 AM

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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#11 posted 01-24-2012 06:27 PM

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

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 01-29-2012 08:19 PM


-- making sawdust....

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#13 posted 04-05-2014 08:04 PM

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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