This step by step diy woodworking project is about free porch swing bench plans. This porch swing bench is really sturdy and it features a nice clean design, so you can match it with any style. There are so many bench swing plans and designs to choose from, so make sure you take a close look over the rest of the related woodworking projects that are featured on our website.
Before starting the actual construction project, we recommend you to plan everything, as to save money and to keep the costs under control. Adjust the size and the design of the bench swing to suit your needs. In addition, we recommend you to invest in high-quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar, as they have a nice finish and are highly durable, especially in a humid environment.
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Porch Swing Bench Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long SUPPORTS
- B – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 21″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 57″ long STRETCHERS
- D – 29 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 59″ long SLATS
- E – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 21″ long ARMRESTS
- F – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 11″ long ARMREST SUPPORTS
- 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 30 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 6′
- 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 6′
- swing hanger
- chain & hooks
- 2 1/2″ screws, 1 1/4″ screws
- wood glue, stain/paint
- Safety gloves, glasses, Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
- Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface
- One Weekend
How to build a porch swing bench
Firs of all, build the seat supports for the porch swing bench. Build the seat supports from 2×4 lumber. Build 2 pieces of each component, as shown in the diagram.
To make the notches for the middle seat supports, you need to make parallel cuts with a circular saw and then remove the excess with a chisel. Smooth the recess with sandpaper for a professional result.
Next, build the backrest supports from 2×4 lumber. Make the round cuts with a jigsaw. Build two pieces of each component, as shown in the diagram.
The next step of the project is to assemble the supports with pocket screws, as shown in the diagram. Drill pocket holes and align the edges with attention. Add glue to the joints and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them together tightly.
Fit the supports to a level surface (fit the supports with notches to the middle) and then attach the 2×4 stretchers. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the stretchers and then secure them to the end supports with 2 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes through the stretchers and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the middle supports.
Fit the 1×2 slats to the frame of the porch swing. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 1 1 /4″ screws, so you can lock them into place tightly. You can even round the exposed edges with a router before fitting the slats into place, for an exquisite look. Moreover, you could leave space between the slats.
Fit the 1×2 armrest supports to the sides of the porch bench. Cut the supports at the right dimensions and then attach them to the sides of the bench. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
Build the armrests from 1×4 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the slats and then get the job done with a jigsaw. Smooth the edges or round them with a router.
Fit the armrests to the supports and center them into place. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws to secure them into place tightly. Moreover, secure the armrests to the backrest supports.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Round the exposed edges and make sure the joints are really sturdy.
Clean the residues before applying a few coats of stain or paint, to protect the components from decay and to enhance the look of the porch swing.
This porch swing bench has a clean and elegant design, so you can place it in your backyard or on your porch.
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