Estimated Cost: $$$$
Total: 5 hours
When relaxation comes to mind, the image of a swing is a common association. Variations of swings have been around since ancient times and, in one form or another, they have passed the test of time.
This particular project has been designed with simplicity and elegance in mind. The angular profile complements the swinging motion, and the seat boards sit flush within the frame to give it a solid, highend aesthetic.
After the arms, slats, and swing supports are assembled, everything is finished off with a light sanding and protective coat.Then, based on your hanging preference, the porch swing is ready to be installed and enjoyed.
Lay out Parts (B), (C), and (F) as shown and tighten clamps at the two corners, ensuring all edges are flush. Pre-drill and attach with two diagonally placed 2" screws at each joint.
Stand the assembly right-side up and clamp the long end with Part (E). Secure the front end of the armrest to the frame with two 2" screws.
Use two 2" screws to attach the other end.
Note: This step allows for hidden screw heads as they will be covered in later steps. If seeing the hardware is desired, simply flip so that Part (E) is on top and secure the two pieces in this direction.
Repeat to build a second arm assembly in a mirrored fashion.
Align a Part (G) to Part (B) with a 1x4 used as a spacer from the front edge of Part (B). The backrest slats will be placed onto Part (G) in later steps, so this spacer will allow the slats to sit flush within the frame.
Use three 2" screws down the middle of Part (G), and repeat on both arm assemblies.
You have 2 completed arm assemblies, and are now ready for attaching the slats in Section 2.
Begin by spreading the arm assemblies and placing a Part (A) on top of Parts (C).
Secure Part (A) to the front part of Part (C) with two 2" screws.
Repeat Step 9 on the other end.
Next, secure the back slat Part (A) in the same fashion, and spread the remaining three slats in between the first and last slat. Take the average gap distance and rip a spacer jig from a spare piece of 2x4.
Attach the remaining slats from front to back using the spacer jig. As you get to the last two slats, split the gap distance if it is not exactly the same as the spacer jig.
Use a clamp to secure Part (H) to the top of the arm assemblies, and attach with two 2" screws on both ends.
Place a Part (A) adjacent to and up against Part (H). Add pressure or use a clamp to ensure it maintains its position as you predrill and secure with two 1 ⅝" screws on either end.
Work your way down from the top slat to
bottom using the spacer jig.
Note: Because the positioning of the bottom slat on the backrest is not critical, it's OK not to secure the top and bottom and evenly space the remaining boards.
Finish up the backrest by attaching the last slat. Now you're ready for the swing support in Section 3.
Slide a Part (C) underneath the seat and align it so that it is midpoint between both sides of the structure.
Hold in place or use clamps while attaching the slats to this support piece using two 1 ⅝" screws per joint.
Position the porch swing so that its bottom is face up, and place Part (D) on top of the three Parts (C). Ensure the outside edge is flush with the structure and that its overhang on either side is the same distance.
Secure Parts (D) to the structure using two 2" screws on each end and in the middle.
Flip the porch swing so it is right-side up and slide Part (I) in front of Parts (C). Ensuring both ends are flush with Parts (F), hold or clamp in place.
Secure with two 1 ⅝" screws on either end and in the middle.
Ease any sharp edges using a radial sander or sanding block with medium grit. Apply preferred finish to the wood.
Choose the appropriate load-rated hanging hardware based on your needs, and attach it to the four overhung ends of Parts (D).
Connect desired chain from porch swing to porch joists, following all manufacturer's instructions for mounting.