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Spring is here, and this is my version of a porch swing.

I made a deal with a firewood supplier, to purchase a few full logs of white oak at scrap price. He was such a cool guy, he even let me borrow his sawmill for a day.


A trailer full of boards…. Price: $100


Turns out, I didnt get oak as I had wanted, but rather something else. I think it looks like elm, but Im not sure?
Who can spot what this is?


Lap joints


Test to find the optimal spacing.


After a day at the routertable and beltsander, everything was smooth and sanded to grit 180, and ready for some weatherproofing. Especially since I have no idea how well this wood holds up to rain compared to oak.


Assembly.


Used the leftovers for a matching wind spinner




Thanks for looking.
/Sheisserick

Please leave a comment if you know the wood type :-D

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sorry - i don't know the species but it turned out really well!
 

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Mot sure of the wood species ether, but you made a beautiful swing. Looks comfy. What are the dimensions?
 

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Sorry guys, I was a bit short in my descriptions this post. It was late at night, and the pictures were acting up, draining my patience.

Dimensions on the bench are (in centimeters): 150×70x42.
Its not really a bench for slacking in. You tend to sit upright in it, and that makes the 42 cm a bit too short for comfort. 47 cm would have been better i retrospect.

The finish on it, is 4 layers of a basic outdoors wood oil. I compensated for the cheap oil, simply by giving extra layers. I let it soak in for a month or so between coats, so it had time to absorb into the wood. I plan to give it a coat every year, so it doesnt turn grey in the sun.

Still no guesses on the wood species?

/Sheisserick
 

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Nice porch swing. Great find on the wood-I'm envious. My guess on the species is Elm-even though that is also your guess. It has sort of a pronounced grain pattern like Elm-maybe Red Oak-it's hard to tell from the picture of the board. I do see what looks like sapwood on either side.
 
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