This step by step diy woodworking project is about swing bench plans. After building the swing stand, you need to assemble the swing bench, as to complete the woodworking project. You can build this bench in just one day with common household tools and under 75 $ worth of raw materials (if you go with cedar, pine is a lot cheaper). Make sure you take a look over the rest of plans to see alternatives and more projects for your garden.
Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
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Swing Bench Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 45″ long, 3 pieces – 19 1/2″ long FRAME
- B – 6 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 45″ long SEAT
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 – 12″ long, 2 pieces – 12 3/4″ long ARMREST SUPPORTS
- D – 12 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 23″ long BACKREST
- E – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 48″ long, 1 piece – 45″ long SUPPORTS
- F – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 24 3/4″ long ARMRESTS
- G – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long SUPPORTS
- PART 1: Glider stand plans
- Part 2: Swing bench plans
Building a porch swing bench
The first step of the project is to build the seat frame from 2×4 slats. Cut the components at the right dimensions and lock them together tightly.
Attach 1×4 slats to the frame of the seat. Make sure you place the slats equally-spaced, by placing a piece of 1/4″ plywood between them. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws, to secure the slats into place.
Build the armrests supports from 2×4 lumber, as shown in the plans. You can adjust the angle of the backrest to suit your tastes.
Drill pilot holes through the supports and secure them to the frame with 2 1/2″ screws. Leave no gaps between the components for a professional result.
Build the backrest from 1×4 slats. Place the slats equally spaced on a level surface. Use string and a pencil to mark the curved lines on the slats and then get the job done with a jigsaw. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Attach the 1×4 supports to the back of the swing, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes at both ends of the slats and secure them to the supports with 1 5/8″ screws.
Attach the backrest slats to the supports. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws into the supports. Place a piece of 1/4″ plywood between the slats to create even gaps.
Fit a 1×4 support to the top of the backrest, as shown in the diagram. Use 1 5/8″ to secure the support into place.
Build the armrests from 1×4 lumber. Make the small notch and the curved cut with a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Fit the armrests to the supports, as shown in the diagram. Use 1 5/8″ brad nails and waterproof glue to lock them into place.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach the 2×4 supports under the frame of the swing bench. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws through the supports into the frame.
Afterwards, you need to hang the swing bench to the glider stand. Use eye screws and several pieces of chain to hang the bench into place. You can adjust the ground clearance to suit your needs and tastes.
The glider swing is ideal for any porch, patio or even hallway.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-150 grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the swing bench from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Check out PART 1 of the project, to learn how to build the glider stand.
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