|Forum topic by HibbittyDibbitty||posted 01-16-2014 09:30 PM||1164 views||1 time favorited||13 replies|
01-16-2014 09:30 PM
Fairly novice woodworker here, and I have a question for you more seasoned folk regarding my current project.
I’m making a porch swing for my wife and decided to completely design it myself. I’m making the first one out of SYP just to test it out, but will be making another version out of some wood I had milled from a special-to-me oak that died on the property where I grew up. Even though the test version of the swing that I’m making now won’t have the sentimental value of the final version, I’d still like to either put it to use elsewhere in the yard, or give it to someone as a gift.
I’ve designed the armrests to be big, swooping curves, and am making them so that they assemble from three sections, with the grain running horizontally at the base and top, and vertically at the front to join the curve together. I’m hoping to use as little metal hardware as possible (hopefully none), so I’ve designed these pieces to fit together via large hidden dovetails. Here’s the idea in sketchup:
The top and base sections are each made from 2 pieces, so the dovetailed upright will be sandwiched between the outside/inside pieces. The entire armrest will be 3” wide. The finished product would look something like this:
You can also see that I have the same idea incorporated into the back of the armrest where it will attach to the rest of the swing.
Again, I’m pretty inexperienced, but I couldn’t find any good info online about making this type of curve, and my limited understanding of wood tells me that this should be fairly solid. But I figure some of you wise elders might be able to stop me from making a huge mistake. Thoughts?