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2x4 Porch/Tree Swing (May 2013)

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Project by JSB posted 05-25-2013 01:31 PM 2493 views 16 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a very fun build. 8 8’ 2×4s. 4 eye bolts. About $40. Angled half laps and no visible screws give this a nice clean, contemporary look. The full plan as well as a downloadable version is available for free here. Here is the design video in SketchUp and the build video after that. Have a great weekend folks!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbX8RsaWfkc

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96hMtgBFG6Q

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com





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biglarry

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#1 posted 05-25-2013 02:56 PM

Very nice, I need to build me one.

-- "When the going gets tough, switch to power tools." - Red Green

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Picklehead

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#2 posted 05-25-2013 03:20 PM

HEY! Where’d you get invisible screws? I’ve been looking all over!

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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tomakazi

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#3 posted 05-25-2013 05:01 PM

I like it! the videos are a great touch.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 05-25-2013 09:07 PM

As always, great instructions. Your video editing is very good.

Great job on the swing

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Gibernak

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#5 posted 05-25-2013 09:38 PM

Looks very good and thanks for the instructions I might give it a try.

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JSB

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#6 posted 05-25-2013 10:32 PM

Larry – Thanks! If you build one be sure to show us your results!

Picklehead – They are in a little bag at the end of the rainbow. But shhhhh. They told me not to tell.

Tomakazi – Thanks! And great Nugent quote!

Monte – Thanks man. I’m trying to get better.

Gibernak – You are welcome. It’s really easy, you should try it!

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 05-26-2013 12:16 AM

A nice project and a very well done video!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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CoolToolShed

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#8 posted 05-26-2013 02:42 PM

Great project! Affordable too!

-- Chris in Maine - http://www.cooltoolshed.com

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RussellAP

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#9 posted 05-26-2013 07:54 PM

I may crank one of these out next week. And one with legs.
I’m wondering if there is an easier way to do the arms though. Seems such a simple project could be further simplified. Really the arms don’t support anything, like an Adirondack would, so you could simply miter or even butt them.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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JSB

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#10 posted 05-26-2013 09:24 PM

RussellAP – Just cut and assemble the same way without the half laps. The arms would stick out slightly. I was going for a nice clean contemporary look. Play around with the design and have fun with it. Whatever you do I would love to see some pics of it when it is done!

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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RussellAP

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#11 posted 05-29-2013 01:23 AM

You sure can’t beat the 8 board price. I think I’ll use cedar instead of pine. I’ll have one in the works later this week if I get time. I have another adirondack in the works. Sales pick up when you have something out front to sell. lol.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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