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Shanty2Chic Porch Swing

June 12, 2013 |
posted by Ana White
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Build your own porch swing - free plans!

Shanty2Chic Porch Swing

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Shanty2Chic Porch Swing

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About Project

Author Notes: 

Are you enjoying your summer?

Would you enjoy your summer more if you could swing lazily in the afternoons on your very own porch swing?

Well, guess what???  We've got new plans for you to make your own porch swing!!!

You'll need to grab your drill and start building of course before you can grab your ice tea and favorite book and start swinging though!

My friend Whitney from Shanty2Chic modified this longer porch swing plan (and also made the back taller for a more traditional swing feel) and are working with me to share free plans with you today!

Before we get to the plans, please take a second to go visit Shanty2Chic to get step by step construction details, finishing materials, and how much they spent on this porch swing!

Thanks Whitney!

Enjoy the plans ... and hopefully the swing too!

XO Ana

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Shanty2Chic Porch Swing
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

5 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 4 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long

Pocket holes are not necessary for this plan, but if you do have a Kreg Jig, you'll want to use the 2 1/2" exterior pocket hole screws.

2 1/2" exterior self-tapping screws for building the frame (unless you assemble with pocket holes)
1 1/2" exterior self tapping screws for attaching seat and back slats

Hardware for hanging

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
sander
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 - 2x4 @ 48"
4 - 2x4 @ 18"
4 - 2x4 @ 19 3/4"
1 - 2x4 @ 48"
2 - 2x4 @ 11 1/4"
2 - 2x4 @ 22 1/2"
5 - 1x6 @ 48"
2 - 1x4 @ 48"

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

Shanty2Chic Porch Swing

First, build a basic 2x4 frame.

Step 2

Shanty2Chic Porch Swing

And then attach back supports and top 2x4.

NOTE: If you don't have a pocket hole jig, an alternative is to cut your back boards 3 1/2" longer and omit the top back board.

Step 3

Shanty2Chic Porch Swing

Then attach the front arm supports.

Step 4

Shanty2Chic Porch Swing

And then the arm supports on top.

Step 5

Shanty2Chic Porch Swing

Attach seat slat boards, screwing to all 2x4s in seat frame.

Step 6

Shanty2Chic Porch Swing

And then attach the back seat boards to the back supports.

Step 7

Shanty2Chic Porch Swing

For more details on hanging the swing - please visit Shanty2Chic here.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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SHANTY2CHIC PORCH SWING

This is wonderful! Any possibility of modifying the plan to make it into a glider for those of us without a porch to hang it from? I would love that!

posted by debinmi | on Thu, 2013-06-13 08:30
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Shanty's Porch Swing

Love it! Adding to To-Do List for someday... :)

Cindy

posted by Daisies and Crazies | on Tue, 2013-06-18 13:12

Love the swing

love it want to build it. lol Can you give me some more detail on the hardware for hanging it?

posted by thewoodbuilder | on Fri, 2013-07-12 11:06

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