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porch swing seat project

How to make a Porch Swing Seat
bullet Page one: Introduction - Materials and Cutting List
bullet Page two: Instructions - The Frame
bullet Page three: Instructions - Slats, Arm Rest and Chain
bullet Page four: Instructions - Supporting the Swing
bullet Appendage 1: Safety concern addressed
bullet Appendage 2: Close-up Sectional photos
Related topics:
bullet How to make a support frame
for the swing seat

The Porch Swing.
This seat has an adjustable seat-back which angles back to give varying degrees of comfort depending on whether or not you want to sit up straight or lie back a little.
As with other Buildeazy projects, it designed with the home handyman or DIYer in mind. All joins are secured with bolts and/or screws and nails. Because of this, the project only requires the most basic of tools to undertake a professional job.

A bit about the measurements
The measurements throughout this projects are given in both millimeters and inches.
The metric (mm) measurements are given first, followed by the imperial(inch) measurements in brackets.
For example: 50mm (2")

Note: The metric (mm) sizes given in this project do not convert exactly to their corresponding ft and inch equivalents. >> Find out why.

There are two different types of lumber used for this project. 90 x 35 (1-1/2" x 3-1/2") treated pine for the frame and 90 x 20 (3/4" x 3-1/2") hardwood for the seat slats and back slats. Also a small amount of 145 x 20 (3/4" x 5-3/4") treated pine for the arm rest.

If the sizes vary in your area, just make allowances accordingly.

The 45 x 35 (1-1/2" x 1-3/4") pieces required are from 90 x 35 (1-1/2" x 3-3/4") stock ripped (sawn down lengthwise) in half.
Any other smaller members that are required can also be cut from standard stock.

As well as the lumber in the list below, you will also need...
bullet Two 3600mm (12ft) lengths of galvanized chain
bullet 10 galvanized coach (carriage) bolts 10mm (3/8") x 120mm (5") long.
bullet A handful of 100mm (4") nails.
bullet A few 75mm (3") nails to hold the two end frame members together while drilling and bolting.
bullet 92 wood screws approx 35mm (1-1/2") long for the seat slats, back slats and arm rests.

The cutting list
All dimensions are in both millimeters and (inches)

porch swing seat parts

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