Redwood Butterfly Baby Swing

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Project by Napaman posted 06-25-2008 05:20 AM 7639 views 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well…I finished and hung my swing today…this is a swing that I actually built and put up over spring break while my wife and kids were gone for a few days…but I built it so fast that I never sanded it real well or put a finish on it…

I came up with the design myself but borrowed the some of the construction ideas from the adirondack chair concept. The swing itself is build with room to grow—-my plan is that when she is big enough for a regular swing i will add some legs and it will make a great chair.

After she got a “test” ride in it for about a month…I took it off the swingset, took it apart…sanded it down through all the grits to 220 and then finished each piece. I had always wanted to try to put a finish on a project before assembly and this was perfect to try that…the finish is Spar Varnish.

The picture with her in it is from a couple months ago the first time she got to ride it—-you can see before it has a finish on it—-oh and also the “cross-bar” or safety bar that keeps her in was a quick mock up…I like the final one much better…


Ok…let me know what ya think!


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 06-25-2008 05:24 AM

I liike the design. It looks like she aproves as well.
Very nice.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#2 posted 06-25-2008 05:26 AM

First of all, cute girl…a bit young for me, but cute nonetheless…nice teeth!
Oh, by the way, nice job on the swing, too. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#3 posted 06-25-2008 05:44 AM


-- Scott - Chico California

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#4 posted 06-25-2008 06:26 AM

Very nice Matt

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#5 posted 06-25-2008 07:02 AM

AWWWWW!!! just makes ya melt. Great swing. How ya doin Obi? Aint seen ya in a month of Sundays. Watch that younguns little fingers, they have a way of somehow getten em pinched. Beautiful girl and swing.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 06-25-2008 07:03 AM

Matt, that is as nice as pie! Ole Grampy Doug’s gonna have to swipe your idea for my Grandson. Thanks for the great project and post.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 06-25-2008 08:08 AM

Nice project – very well executed – she will too soon grow out of it, then she can make the legs for it herself

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#8 posted 06-25-2008 12:14 PM

Nicely done. Little ones like swings. And with your growth plans into a chair, what could be better.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 06-25-2008 02:56 PM

Another satisfied customer!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 06-25-2008 03:01 PM

thats very cool! thanks for the post!

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#11 posted 06-25-2008 06:36 PM

Great construction, the finish really makes the swing look incredible. It looks like your little girl really enjoys it. Great job.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#12 posted 06-25-2008 07:36 PM

Nice project.Great job.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#13 posted 06-25-2008 07:42 PM

thanks everyone…I just realized in the additional picture…if you look closely you can see the legs of my other daughter flying high above on the other swing…actually looks like she should fall out…but physics is pretty amazing…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 06-25-2008 09:03 PM

That is a pretty cool design. My father in law bought a little swing and wants another one made. I may have to show him your design and see if he likes that better.

I wonder if Mike has any ideas on how to keep the fingers from getting pinched?

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#15 posted 06-25-2008 11:16 PM

Matt, I hope you don’t mind . I may borrow that design for my Grandson.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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