|Forum topic by LearningAsIGo||posted 06-03-2014 04:01 PM||3471 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
06-03-2014 04:01 PM
I’m trying to calculate how much it would cost to build an outdoor swing and stand similar to this.
Because pressure treated is the cheapest type of lumber and I will need 4×4’s which can get pricey I was thinking of using PT for the stand. How long does pressure treated wood tend to last and is there a difference in quality between the stuff you buy from a big box store vs a lumber yard?
I’m unsure about what type of wood to use for the swing. I’m leery of using PT lumber for something I would actually be sitting on. I plan on building a futon type swing with these plans as a guide. The plans call for this futon roller kit from rockler. I won’t need the knockdown hardware.
I need a type of lumber that will work with the rollers, it requires using a router to create a track that the rollers will follow. It seems like cedar, cypress or white oak are the best types of wood for outdoor projects that will be exposed to the elements? I feel like white oak might be too heavy. And I have heard most cedar and cypress lumber these days is new growth which isn’t as good for outdoor use as old growth. So I’m a bit stumped. Is there some other type of lumber that I’m missing? What type of lumber would you use?
Cost is also a concern, I was hoping to keep the cost of each component around $100. $100 for the stand and bolts, $100 for swing lumber, $100 for cushion fabric, $100 for swing hardware (chains etc…), $100 for outdoor foam.
I will stain, paint or seal this project somehow, in hopes that it will last longer than one season like those cheap steel outdoor swings for sale everywhere this time of year.