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- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 120″ long POSTS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 120″ long BEAMS
- C – 2 piece of 4×4 lumber – 25 1/2″ long BRACES
- D – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 12″ long SUPPORTS
- E – 8 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 14 1/2″ long RAFTERS
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 10′
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 10′
- 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 7″ carriage bolts, nuts, washers
- 2 1/2″ screws, 4 1/2″ screws
- stain, filler
- swing hangers
- swing springs
- porch swing
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How to build a swing stand
There are several ways to lock the posts into place. Therefore, you could dig holes in the ground and set the posts into concrete, or you could use post anchors. Nevertheless, taking into account the height of the construction, we recommend you to lock the posts into concrete.
Level the posts with a spirit level and secure them temporarily with 2×4 braces. Make sure the top of the posts are at the same level, otherwise the structure of the carport won’t be sturdy enough.
Fit the opposite post and check if its top is the same level with the other post. Use a spirit level to make sure you get an accurate result.
Build the support beams out of 2×6 lumber. Cut the ends in a decorative manner, by using a circular saw. Smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper.
Clamp the beams to the top of the posts, making sure the edges are aligned. Drill pilot holes through the beams and through the posts. Insert 7″ carriage bolts to lock the components together.
Adding diagonal braces is a great idea, as it will provide extra-support to the construction. Cut both ends at 45 degrees and make a curved notch to the front side.
Fit the braces to the structure, as described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and lock the braces to the structure by driving in 2 1/2″ screws.
Fit 4×4 supports between the support beams. You have to insert the eye screws into the supports, as to hang the swing bench to them. Cut one end of the supports at 45 degrees and secure them into place by inserting 2 1/2″ screws through the beams.
Build the rafters out of 4×4 lumber. Use a circular saw to make the notches to the components and remove the excess material with a chisel. Smooth the recess with fine-grit sandpaper.
Fit the 4×4 rafters to the support beams, making sure you place them as described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the components and insert 4 1/2″ screws into the support beams. The rafters will add strength to the wooden structure and keep the beams equally-spaced.
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-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the wooden garden swing stand from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.
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