This step by step woodworking project is about porch swing stand plans. This article features detailed instructions for building a beautiful wooden stand for your porch swing. We have designed the plans to keep the expenditures under control and to involve the least amount of work possible. The simple swing stand can be built by anyone with basic tools and skills. You don’t have to hang the swing bench to the ceiling joists when you can simply build a wooden stand and move it wherever you want. If you are like me you like to spend time daydreaming in the garden. Here, this awesome swing stand will come to your rescues, as it will make it an experience. Check out the related articles to see how to build a porch swing bench.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the seesaw won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
Projects made from these plans
Porch Swing Stand Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long BASE
- B – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 80″ long POSTS
- C – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 22 3/4″ long BRACES
- D – 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long TOP BEAM
- E – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 32 1/2″ long BRACES
How to build a swing stand
The first step of the project is to build the base of the swing stand out of 2×6 lumber. Round the corners of the beams and smooth them with 120-grit sandpaper. Drill pilot holes and secure the beams to the 4×4 posts with 3 1/2″ galvanized screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square.
Remember that these are just guidelines. You can easily adjust the size of the base components, as well as the height of the posts to suit your very own needs and tastes.
Continue the project by attaching the 4×4 braces to the base of the swing stand. Cut both ends of the braces at 45 degrees and fit them to the stand, as described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes and secure the braces to the structure using 3 1/2″ screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints.
Build the top beam out of 4×4 lumber. Make two notches to the beams, as described in the diagram. Smooth the recess with a chisel and with sandpaper.
Attach the top beam to the 4×4 posts, as shown in the diagram. Add waterproof glue to the joints and insert 4″ screws through the top beam into the vertical posts. Double-check if the corners are square, before inserting the screws. Insert at least two screws to each joint and add plenty of waterproof glue to secure them into place.
In order to add support to the wooden structure, we recommend you to fit 2×4 braces to the swing stand, as shown in the diagram. Cut both ends of the braces at 45 degrees and secure them to the structure using 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the screws. Pre-drill the components to prevent the wood from splitting.
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. In addition, don’t forget to check out the step by step plans for building the corresponding swing bench.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the wooden swing stand from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. This is and ideal project for any backyard, as it gives you a lot of flexibility and it is aesthetically appealing. You can make this swing bench with stand the center focus of your patio with a small investments and with minimal work.
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