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Project by mustang72 posted 767 days ago 1626 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this swing so that beautiful my wife and I could swing while out at the fire pit or swing towards our pool. Yes I guess that I could have made just an old fasioned single swing and switched it around whjch ever direction we wanted to look, but that’s not how I think. The swing does work (sorta) when someone is on one side it tilts down a little more than a normal swing. I was hoping that you good folks of lumberjocks might be able to suggest to better level it out. We have put the chains in several configurations. Any advice will be greatly appriciated.





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Tom Godfrey

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#1 posted 767 days ago

The only way i can see that it would work is to have the same equal weight on the other side when its not in use. example: combined weight of yourself and wife 200 punds, then you would have to have 200 pounds in the other seat.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (tom@thcww.com)

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Pete Tevonian

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#2 posted 767 days ago

This probably isn’t much help now, but I think I might have tried to build a single bench seat with a back that could shift forward or backward, to change the direction—like the bench seats on commuter trains. A single bench bottom could have the chains attached to the four corners, while the back is attached with arms to centered pivot points on each end of the bench. When you want to sit the other direction, just hold the bench bottom steady and move the back over to the other side. That way the weight of your bodies are always pretty centered between the chain attachment points, and you won’t tilt the seat.

That plan, though, would require rebuilding your seat, though, so it may not be worth the effort.

-- Pete in Wilmette, IL

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Enoelf

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#3 posted 767 days ago

First off, nice swing!
I do really like Pete’s suggestion, but it would require some rebuilding.
One other idea I had looking at it would be to extend the two chains at the top, all the way up. Then you would have two pivot points on each side, and I am thinking that would level it out.
Another thought would be again, two links going to your top support, but you could make them solid links instead of chain and they would then resist “compression”.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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Spongey

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#4 posted 767 days ago

Maybe try and move the outside chain closer to center where it conects to the spreader beam(PT 4×6?) Nice swing and good luck!

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Pete Tevonian

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#5 posted 767 days ago

Another option: Convert it to a glider-style rocker, with rigid wooden hangers attached to pivot points at the four corners. It would be a different “feel” while rocking, but it wouldn’t allow the seat to tip either direction.

-- Pete in Wilmette, IL

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svenbecca

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#6 posted 766 days ago

You could minimize the amount of chains. It appears that when you sit on one side, the two chains holding that side support the weight which would bring the other side of the swing up. Take away the middle two chains on each side and all should be okay as long as you are swinging. When just sitting on it it will still seem to lean forward because of the distance between the front and front (lol) chains. I tend to agree with Pete and convert it to a glider rocker. That will definitely level things out. I hope this makes sense. I see it in my head, but have difficulty explaining what I see.

It is a center of balance thing. You could also use four chains, one at each corner of the support. The top end of the chains should come out farther than the chains on the swing. That will mimic a rocking chair motion like a glider rocker, but again you will be dealing with center of balance (just a little less of it).

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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svenbecca

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#7 posted 766 days ago

Maybe I should read first, comment later. Apparently I am redundant. Good luck, I love the idea.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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bigred18

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#8 posted 766 days ago

I think agree with Enoelf I would put one chain at each corner all the way to the top of your frame, although this would keep your swing level, instead of the normal swing action.

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Kelen

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#9 posted 766 days ago

Very very cool!

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BenI

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#10 posted 766 days ago

Very cool and original idea! Turned out great!

As far as making it not tilt to one side or not, reason it does that is due to there only being one ‘pivot point’ at the very top (where the chains attach to the frame). When only one person sits on it, one side falls and the other pops up.

As others have said, if you hung a chain from each corner of the swing itself and then attached them to the frame relatively directly above or a little back then that should at least limit the amount of tilt. Only problem with this is that it will turn it into more of a glider than an exact swing but I’d say they’re pretty close.

Hopefully, that helps, either way, it still looks great!

-- Ben from IL

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BenI

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#11 posted 766 days ago

Basically, when the body weight of people is on the INSIDE of the connection point between the chains and the frame, the tilting of the bench should be minimized. I hope that makes sense to you too and I’d like to see/hear what you choose!

-- Ben from IL

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mustang72

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#12 posted 766 days ago

I want to give a big thank you to everyone for your comments and suggestions. I like the idea of chains (since I already have plenty of them) and giving it the glider effect. I knew I brought my question to the right people. Thanks again, I will repost pics of the modified version when I get it completed this weekend. Thanks again

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