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garden seat

Garden seat project
from John M., Co.Down UK.
Here is the Garden Seat I just made from your plans. It is very sturdy. I raised the height to 50cm as its for pensioners at a day centre and they need a higher seat.
I am donating it to them.
I finished it with Barratine Cedar Red wood preserver (its the nicest red cedar) and with Ronseal Fern garden paint, 3 coats of each. I too used a 15 degree slant for the back, or even a bit more. I used my angle grinder to cut flush the coach bolts that protruded. I had spare wood in the roofspace which was almost 2x4 inches. I'm pretty pleased with the results.
Another version I done of this last year was without the back support, as a quick easy bench for a neighbour. I may also shorten it and do a single chair type version.

You can see the plans for this project here.

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porch swing

Porch swing project
from Winfred
I was so pleased with the design I wanted to share a few comments and picture.
I followed other's suggestions for extending the arm's 3 inches and that works out nicely.
Also, I used 5/4 womanized decking boards and ripped them for the 2 x 4 framing.
This gave it a less beefy look and feel. Plus, I used cheap ceiling stripping wood for the seat and back planks.
Usually you can pick thru those and find some decent ones.
All my materials were $51, including the chains.
I'm enjoying the new swing so much that I'm contemplating build another, wider one.

You can see the plans for this project here.