Swingin' good time!

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Project by WoodChips_Mac posted 06-07-2013 01:32 AM 1474 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The porch swing we have had for 7 years, had to be the ugliest swing i think i had ever seen (second picture). We got it unfinished and I finished it…this is before i got into woodworking. I had no prior experience in finishing AT ALL, and it showed. I stained it but didn’t put any kind of protective coating on it, I wasn’t careful with the stain and there were drips EVERYWHERE. it looked bad but it served its purpose….until now. It was very uncomfortable, so I set out to build a new one.

I chose cedar since it stands up pretty good to weather. Our swing gets the evening sun and rain when its windy, so i wanted something that could handle that. I also wanted a wood that would look good with just a clear finish. Cedar it is!

I was limited by the size since the sing is between the house and the railing of the porch. So the swing is 50” long, the seat is 19” deep, and the back is 20” tall. The armrests have a cup holder in each with a support underneath so that cups smaller than the hole wont fall through. To hang it i chose to make blocks and screw them to the outside of the the supports and then run a 3/8” carriage bolt through the support and the block. The bolts are 4 1/2” long so that the chains could be on the outside of the armrests, i didnt want to drill holes for them.

This was a fun build but i am glad its done.

i would be interested to hear how others would have done the chain anchor points.

-- "Still Learning"

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#1 posted 06-07-2013 03:19 AM

Weather is definitely getting better for swinging on the porch. Nice project!

I have used cable eye bolts to hang one with. Or a large heavy duty hook that I over bent, if you want to remove often.

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#2 posted 06-10-2013 04:11 PM

Great job on that pretty and comfy swing. Like the cedar and the cup holder. I’m sure it will get plenty of use.

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