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I was asked if I could repair this swing for Dennis and thought I'd give it a go. It was made from 7/8" red oak. You can not find any thick oak here in Casa Grande, so I settled on 1/2" and 3/4" stock from the Depot. The problem was that the members were split out at the ends and one of them had a poor pine patch over it with a bunch of screws through it. That end had to be cut shorter to get rid of all the bad wood.

I made a new back bar by laminating two 1/2" pieces and making it 2" longer for a thicker bar and much more wood on the ends.

The arms were a little more work. I made a template of the shape and then cut off the ends and routed them down to 1/2". Then I laminated two pieces of 3/4" stock over them to cut to the shape of the original . These had to be routed down 1/4" so they fit flush when glued on the center section. I added 2 - 3/8" dowels for insurance. I cut the ends longer so they were larger in each dimension for added strength on the ends.

Thank God for that HF 90 degree drill for transferring the mounting holes to the arms!!!!!!!!!

When I bolted them together, I used washers on top and bottom so the pressure was straight down on the wood. I think part of the problem was the eye bolts were forcing the wood apart by having the ring end drawn into the holes. I added lock nuts to keep them from coming loose with the movement.

The last shot shows Dennis on his swing! He is "back in the saddle again" as they say out here!!!!!!!!!!

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Nice repair…

Looks like a nice comfortable swing!

Dennis will be happy!
 

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Looks just wonderful.
You are a good man.
Dennis' smile says it all.
Nice work.
Best thoughts,
Mads
 

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That's a nice repair Jim, real nice!
 

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Nice repair job Jim, looks real comfy by the smile.
 

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That's to nice to be outside, that should be front center of the TV :)
 

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reckon I could do a few ZZZZZ's in this baby Jim, I think your effort was very successful by the look on your friends face. Nice repair job :)
Pete
 

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Yep, Dennis is real happy. He said to take my time so I did it in 4 days. We are leaving here soon and I don't like unfinished jobs-especially this far away! The 3 pieces of wood cost$22 and at home, I have it laying in the barn!!
 

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Nice
 

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Perfect vacation,nice done.
 

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Good stuff. Can you tell us more about the 90 degree drill attachment? I'd kind of like to look into buying one and would appreciate your review on the make and model. What kind of money are we talking about? Thanks in advance.
 

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I don't have any model on it but it comes from Harbor Freight and is $20. It goes into a 3/8 chuck and has a keyless chuck on the other end. It is invaluable inside cases when installing slides, etc. I'm glad I had it with me for this project because I had to drill under the arm to spot the holes in the new parts and to maintain the correct angle . It worked out just right with 3/8 forstner bit. That is the only place I've seen them.
With a 20 or 25% off coupon from the paper, it will be even cheaper!!
 

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Looks like you guys aremaking good use of the new shop…..good job on the repair Jim….well done
 

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Nice save! I am sure that Dennis is glad too!

Thanks for sharing
 
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