Cedar Swings

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 11-23-2012 03:29 PM 1823 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a pair of simple cedar swings. Made for an NHL hockey player, these swings were a pretty quick and easy project for me. No plans were used, just some ideas from pictures on the internet. They actually sit very comfortably and will be hung in free standing arbor’s on the clients property. I was asked to make them by my brother in law who did all the landscaping for this client. No fancy joinery used, just glue and screws. Predrilling all the screw holes to prevent the cedar from splitting was the most time consuming part, but it worked very well. They will have an oil finish put on them likely in the spring.
Thanks for looking and as always, comments are welcome!


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#1 posted 11-23-2012 04:35 PM

These turned out well,just for the record the use of screws is mechanical joinery .

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#2 posted 11-23-2012 04:55 PM

Nice looking. Should give them lots of enjoyment.

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#3 posted 11-23-2012 05:35 PM

a1Jim I did not know I’m mechanical joinery man lol all my work – a box is all put to gather with screws l.
RS Woodworks Love the curve in the back of the seat I need to add that to my work O)n my benches that I make out of pallets that curve gives it a hole new look love it .
Keep up the good work
thank you for the post
take care

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#4 posted 11-23-2012 05:53 PM

RS, this is just a suggestion, if you want the colors to stay true and really pop, put a poly finish on them now, but sand them down first because they’ve already started to yellow and fade. By next spring they will be nearly colorless. Other than that, I REALLY like the design and execution.

We have a local (loco?) guy here that sells seats like that to a local grocery store for $150/ea. They ask $279/ea. and sell all he can make for them.

I think yours look stronger and better designed except for the 2X4 across the bottom front, it kind of breaks up the symmetry of the curves.

Please forgive me if I ruffled your feathers, there was no intent to do so meant.

I started to build swings and chairs like this last summer but got side tracked by my onsite job which required my full attention until about 3 weeks ago.

Make them things and sell ‘em! Hooah!

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#5 posted 11-23-2012 06:06 PM

I really want to build one of these but I’m so afraid I’ll mess up the curve (comfortable factor). These look really beefy. I’m hoping to build something about the same size but with a lighter look.

Nice job.


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#6 posted 11-23-2012 06:16 PM

Nice job Ryan. Too bad you didn’t finish them earlier, as it looks like the NHL players will have a long time to sit around this season, but that’s another rant.

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#7 posted 11-24-2012 05:10 AM

Great looking swings; I’d love to make one of these for my wife soon. By the way, I like the weathered look.

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