Swing Structure

This freestanding swing is a perfect perch for enjoying the garden.
Basics
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Relax and enjoy your
garden getaway.

The wooden part of the structure is not difficult to build if you have intermediate woodworking skills and basic tools. A fabric "roof" keeps harsh sun at bay; the swing is made of cotton canvas and plywood that's softened by a cushion. For best results, use waterproof outdoor fabrics, including awning fabric. That way you'll be worry-free when the rain clouds move in.

What You Need:

  • Paintbrush
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Circular saw or table saw
  • Drill
  • Posthole digger
  • Level
  • Scrap 2x4
  • Stakes
  • 1x4s for temporary supports
  • Carpenter's framing square
  • Hammer

Materials

Note: The 4x4, 1x4, and 1x2 lumber may be pressure-treated pine, cedar, or redwood as desired.

  • Paint or stain
  • Exterior-grade polyurethane or other varnish
  • Four 4x4s, 8 feet long, for posts (A)
  • Four 4x4s, 36 inches long, for top beams (B) and cross beams (C)
  • 1/4 x 3-inch lag screws with washers
  • Crushed rock (enough for 6 inches in the bottom of each posthole, plus more for leveling posts)
  • Concrete mix for four footings
  • One 4x4, 85 inches long, for swing beam (D)
  • Four 3/8 x 3-1/2-inch carriage bolts with nuts and washers
  • Four 4x4s, 25-1/2 inches long, for roof braces (E)
  • Two 1x4s, 78 inches long, for roof beams (F)
  • Four 1x2s, 56-1/2 inches long, for lattice stringers (G)
  • Twelve 1x2s, 32-1/2 inches long, for lattice slats (H)
  • 1-1/4-inch-long deck screws
  • Exterior-grade wood glue
  • Four 3/8 x 5-inch eyebolts

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