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brantley

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10-30-2009 07:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question swing design

Ok im building a outdoor swing for the first time. Im having trouble deciding how to join the seat frame to the back frame. Ive seen some swings where the back and seat frams are notched to fit flush to each other which is definitely more appealing to the eye. My only worry about that is the stability and strenth of it. Would it be too much of an eye sore if you just joined the two parts by putting on over the other one persay?

—-the first picture below is the notched idea i have. the second picture is the other idea i have.

—-i think the 2nd picture would profide more support but less eye pleasing, pretty much the opposite of picture 1…what do yal think?


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Gary

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#1 posted 10-30-2009 09:54 PM

How are you planning to attach the two….glue, carriage bolts, screws, combination???

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 10-30-2009 10:03 PM

Strength is a bigger issue than cosmetics , so if you are going to pre drill and add a couple bolts and nuts either option should work if your using at least 2×6s .

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#3 posted 10-30-2009 10:34 PM

#1 is your strongest joint. The half lap provides strength through the overlapped part as well as the bolts and glue. Lowes carries stainless carriage bolts, nuts and washers and use tightbond 3 for your glue.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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brantley

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#4 posted 10-30-2009 10:35 PM

Gary,,, ill be using combination of bolts and glue

A1Jim ill be using 2×4 for the back and 2×6 for the seat

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#5 posted 10-30-2009 10:37 PM

Papa dan. Titebond III is the glue i have… however i have gotten stainless hex bolts instead of carriage bolts?

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#6 posted 10-30-2009 10:46 PM

Hex will work but the heads will stick out. Let me find the pics of the swing I built. Not as much detail as I thought, but here is a web page for it. http://www.hoistman.com/HoistMan/Swingin.html

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#7 posted 10-30-2009 10:59 PM

Papadan…that is a really great swing..i LOVE the wood and finish…what type of finish did you use?

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#8 posted 10-30-2009 11:06 PM

I have not started putting together the swing yet because i ordered a new blade for my bandsaw and im waiting on it to come in. This is the frame i have built for it…Again this is my first frame ive built. PT 4×4 pine.

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#9 posted 10-30-2009 11:10 PM

The frame is walnut and the slats are birdseye. I soaked all the parts down with Thompsons water seal. After drying I assembled the swing and then used 2 coats of Spar varnish.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#10 posted 10-30-2009 11:27 PM

Dan how well does that varnish hold up outside?

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papadan

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#11 posted 10-30-2009 11:29 PM

I take it down for winter and it holds well for 2 seasons. Then light sanding and new Spar. I want to put a roof over it, but just have not gotten around to it.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#12 posted 09-13-2013 09:54 PM

IPE wood would be great for that project with stainless steel bolts.

-- all things possible with patience and tenacity.

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