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DIY Swing With Arbor

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Project by Dimensions posted 08-05-2020 12:53 AM 687 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was approached by a neighbor that wanted to have a swing built for their back yard. Since there was no where to hang a swing from a porch, I had to make an Arbor for the swing to hang from. In my area the two best outdoor species available are Cedar and Cypress, so i brought the neighbor a piece of each wood and she liked the cedar, so that’s what we built! I designed the swing to come apart into 6 main sub components so that it would be easy to move, first to their home, and then to their storage area while they go back to their second home for the summer. It was a lot of fun and you can see the full build video here: https://youtu.be/905ARDk_qCQ

-- Get better every day!





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 08-05-2020 03:49 AM

Looks great. I just wish Cedar would stay that bright and red, but we know it won’t.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Dimensions

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#2 posted 08-05-2020 09:13 AM

I explained that to the folks who i made the swing for. Anything that lives outside, the Sun ALWAYS WINS. No matter what you do, eventually the color will fade and it will grey. I have had really good luck with the spar varnish in extending that process though.

Especially for this piece, they will have me break it down and put in their garage for the 6 months of the year that they’re gone , so it’ll last longer than most.

-- Get better every day!

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tyvekboy

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#3 posted 08-05-2020 01:45 PM

Nice swing. When I built the one I posted I ran the chain thru the armrest too. The only difference is I inserted half of a pipe nipple to reinforce the hole. Maybe that was overkill.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 08-05-2020 02:51 PM

thats a gorgeous swing and yeah it;s a shame it wont stay that way forever.nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 08-05-2020 09:56 PM

Very nice! With cup holders in the armrests even!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 08-06-2020 12:39 AM



Very nice! With cup holders in the armrests even!

- sras


i missed that,now i am impressed-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 08-06-2020 01:24 AM

That’s fantastic. I really wish I had a place for something like that. My wife would truly love it.

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#8 posted 08-06-2020 02:31 AM

Very nice work. Looks like a great place to relax.

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#9 posted 08-06-2020 03:35 AM

One of the nicest free standing swings I’ve seen. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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Dimensions

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#10 posted 08-06-2020 05:55 PM

Thanks y’all! The owners really enjoy it! Every time i visit them now, they are in the yard chilling in this swing!

-- Get better every day!

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#11 posted 08-12-2020 02:51 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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