|Project by riverguy||posted 12-18-2012 06:54 PM||4041 views||17 times favorited||22 comments|
I built this porch swing about 12 years ago when I was living in Hawaii. It was a gift for my Lovely Bride and it has followed us through a number of moves, the last one being to our current home in Forestville, California. It again graces our deck, overlooking the yard. I made mine out of Hawaiian Koa. The frame pieces are African mahogany, but all the slats are Koa. I drilled and counterbored the screw holes and filled them with grain-matching Koa plugs, glued in with waterproof glue. The finish is Sikkens Cetol, a bulletproof finish that all us folks who lived right on the ocean used on anything wood that was to live outdoors. This swing spent most of its live right in the salt air directly from the ocean, plus Hawaii’s humidity and daily rain squalls. The finish started to show some stress about a year ago, so before packing it up for the move to CA, I sanded it down and refinished it with more Cetol. Now it’ll be good for at least another 15 years or so, not having to withstand any more salt air.
I got the plans for the swing through Wood Magazine. The plans are Better Homes and Gardens Wood Plans, “The Lazy Days Porch Swing, ” Item number OFS-#1002. The Web address is: www.woodstore.net/porchswing.html. Great, detailed plans with full-size templates for each piece.
-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.sonomastainedglass.com