This step by step woodworking project is about how to build an a-frame swing. I’ve had this on my condo patio for only a few months but I have got a lot of good comments on it already. Screw in the eyebolts, place washers over the backs (to keep the nuts from drawing into the wood frame), and tighten the nuts over the ends with a wrench. My friend Whitney from Shanty2Chic modified this longer porch swing plan (and also made the back taller for a more traditional swing feel) and are working with me to share free plans with you today! If the sheet metal shop cannot make a 12 foot fold, it’s OK to accept one 8 foot and one 4 foot piece.
I teamed up with my good friend, Miss Ana White to design and build this porch swing! I have wanted to put a swing in a very tall oak tree in the front of our house for years. Call me modest or old-fashioned, but I still kind of prefer one bed per room myself. In order to build a professional garden swing, you have to fill the holes with a good wood filler and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper along the wood grain, after the compound has dried out. I would never put wooden swing seats on a playground where kids are unsupervised or only minimally watched. Stand the canopy posts upright and use a 4-foot level to ensure they’re plumb, then tighten the nuts on the bolts.
The swing comfortably and easily holds my wife, myself, and our grandson, around 310 lbs total. I thought I might suggest a possible problem which could be causing some of the swings to not swing straight, other than what you have already stated. Carefully measure each post to 8 feet off the ground; use a string level to make sure the marks on the posts are level with each other. My parents didn’t have a porch large enough for their swing so they hung it from a tree instead. I stained it with Thompson water seal mixed with some stain to make it a warmer color. Get enough to reach from the porch ceiling to the swing arms times 4, plus extra for knots.
Keep it simple by turning an old pallet into a swing for two (or three!) or go small-scale and try sanding, painting, and sealing a rectangular wooden slab large enough to seat your child. Pumping means leaning way back and then forward to shift the center of gravity away from the seat to cause motion. To correct the problem, you’ll need to adjust one (1) seat bottom stopper knot on the low side to raise and level the seat.
Swing beds floating in mid air might have been an inspiration drawn from the beautiful hammocks that are such an integral part of most exotic getaways. To save time – and help make sure the holes line up properly, pre-drill pilot holes before starting to assemble the swing. Playsets and swing sets are a great way to get kids playing actively and safely.
Dangle a pallet swing bench from a sturdy tree in the yard so the kids can enjoy the summer vacations. Twenty years from now you’ll be able to read a story, maybe even watch a movie, about one man’s quest to find the perfect swing bed he saw in a picture one day. Building the tree swing presented a bit of challenge because my 24 foot extension ladder wasn’t tall enough to reach the high and strong branch on the oak tree. Consider how deep the seat and how tall the back will be. Measure the seat and back of a similar chair that you feel comfortable in (e.g. a dining chair).
This can cause the knots to grab the branch differently resulting in a twisting motion causing the swing not to swing straight. My first experience with duying downloadable plans & needed plans for porch swing & thought I would give it atry. Monthly advice on how to make your home eco-friendly, including energy and water saving tips, healthy home products, green remodeling, and more, plus special offer. The knots you shared were particularly helpful, as well as the tip to split the seat in two.
Make sure you cut a notch inside the top of the posts, otherwise you won’t be able to install the top beam. Recommend keeping the seat ropes at least 2-1/2 feet long from the seat to the chain links because a shorter loop length might present a choking hazard for the little ones. We offer high quality Swing Set Kits and fun Playground Equipment accessory packages that are 100% compatible with our plans. The FinishMax did an AMAZING job coating the swing in an even coat of stain and I love how fast it is! Repeat on the remaining hole on the same end of the seat with the other rope on the opposite end.
The high quality outdoor playsets and play set kits you’ll find on provide safety and durability, so taking these extra steps will help you make your child’s outdoor play a wonderful experience. Sheds are ideal for when you need some extra storage space, whether you need a place to keep your lawn and garden equipment or you want a place to store lawn furniture throughout the winter.
A fixed outdoor swing set is not for everybody, especially if you plan to move later on down the line. The tree branch and the ground for my swing are both uneven as you can see in the project photos, but the seat is level so it swings straight. I was light and the grass in front of the swing was thick and deep, so I managed not to break anything. We built our swing seat out of western red cedar, and assembled it with brass wood screws, then coated it with a couple coats of polyurethane.
The Running Bowline knot is suitable for a single rope swing, e.g. a round seat or foot hold. This simple, custom swing is a good fit for the freestanding arbor frame above. I thought about creating a set of plans to build this puppy but the closer I look at it, the more complex it gets. Attach the seat back stretchers and back cleat; the cleat goes at the top of the seat back, while the stretcher connects to the bottom of the swing. She thinks we need to purchase a matching swing for the other side of the patio. I made cupholders that fit onto the seat and its contours with small pegs on the underside to fit into the cracks between the slats so they stayed in place.
Later, when you attach the slats to the frame with wood screws, these pre-drilled holes will keep the slats from splitting. This should keep you busy for a day or so. Next time I’ll show you how to build the swingset portion… when (if) Kelly decides to relinquish control of the ol’ blog once again. Stand these subassemblies up and brace them in position, then span a horizontal 4 x 4 deck support between each pair of posts.
It’s been 6 years since I built the tree swing and the polypropylene braided rope isn’t showing signs of deterioration, albeit my swing is in a heavily shaded area under a group of trees. As always, if you decided to build one of these I would love to see your finished product! Measure and cut seven 2×4 in. (50×100 mm) boards the length you want the finished swing to be. The 2×4 used in this article is 5 feet (1.5 m). (152 cm) long. This will leave about 2-1/2 feet of clearance to walk between the swing and each post.