Porch Swing

Footrest Hack

When relaxation comes to mind, the image of a porch 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, high-end aesthetic.

Once 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.

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COST:

TIME: 5 Hrs

SKILL:

Porch Swing

Materials

  • (5) 1 x 4 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (4) 2 x 4 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) 2 x 2 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) 1 x 6 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) ½ lb box 1 ⅝" wood screws + appropriate bit
  • (1) ½ lb box 2" wood screws + appropriate bit
  • Preferred wood finish
  • Chain length
  • 6 - 8x Eye-bolts or hooks

Cut List

  • A. (9) 1 x 4 x 40 ¼" *
  • B. (1) 1 x 4 x 43 ½" *
  • C. (2) 2 x 4 x 12 3/8" *
  • D. (3) 2 x 4 x 22"
  • E. (2) 2 x 4 x 54" *
  • F. (2) 2 x 4 x 21 ¼" *
  • G. (2) 2 x 4 x 24"
  • H. (2) 2 x 2 x 14 ½" *
  • I. (1) 1 x 6 x 43 ½" *

Requires detail cuts.

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Miter saw (or chop saw)
  • Table saw
  • Jig saw
  • Drill/driver
  • Clamps (2 at least 12" long)
  • Combination countersink drill bit (with 2" long 1 /8" bit)
  • Radial sander (or sanding block)
  • Tool to cut chain to length
  • Damp cloth (optional)
  • Waterproof wood glue (optional)

Footrest Hack

Porch Swing Hack

Hack Materials

  • (2) 2 x 4 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (2) 1 x 4 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) ½ lb Box 2 1/2" wood screws + appropriate bit
  • (1) ½ lb Box 1 ⅝" wood screws + appropriate bit
  • Preferred wood finish

Hack Tools

  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Miter saw (or chop saw)
  • Drill/driver
  • Combination countersink drill bit (with 2" long 1 /8" bit)
  • Radial sander (or sanding block)
  • Damp cloth (optional)
  • Waterproof wood glue (optional)