This step by step diy project is about how to build a swing stand plans. This garden project features detailed instructions regarding the construction of a basic swing stand. Don’t forget to take a look over this article and this article, in order to see how to build the swing bench. This stand has the great advantage that you don’t need to set the posts into concrete.
You should always plan everything from the very beginning, in order to prevent costly mistakes and to save time. In most of the cases, you need a friend to give you a hand when assembling the wooden swing stand. Invest in high quality lumber and plywood, as the components will be exposed to bad weather. Protect the components with appropriate paint or stain.
There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tools when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure.
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Swing stand plans
- A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 87 1/2″ long POSTS
- B – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long, 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 22 3/4″ long BASE
- C – 5 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 25 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 12″ lumber BRACES
- C – 2 pieces of 2×8 lumber – 120″ long SUPPORT BEAMS
- D – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 22 1/2″ long RAFTERS
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
- Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws
- One Week
How to build a swing stand
Use 4×4 lumber to build the posts for the swing stand. If you want to set the posts into concrete, you need to dig 3′ deep holes. Use temporarily braces to lock them into place till the concrete dries out. Use a spirit level to make sure the posts are plumb.
Build the base of the stand out of 2×6 beams. Cut both ends of the beams in a decorative manner. Drill pilot holes through the beams and through the posts. Insert 7″ carriage bolts and lock everything together tightly. Leave no gaps between the components and make sure everything is locked together tightly.
Build the braces for the stand out of 4×4 lumber. Cut both ends of the braces at 45 degrees and lock them to the base with 2 1/2″ screws. Leave no gaps between the components and make sure the corners are square.
Build the support beams out of 2×8 lumber. Cut both ends in a decorative manner and smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper.
Clamp the support beams to the top of the posts and use a spirit level to check if they are horizontal. Drill pilot holes through the beams and through the posts and lock them together tightly with 7″ carriage bolts.
In order to add support to the structure, we recommend you to install 4×4 braces to the swing stand. Cut both ends of the braces at 45 degrees and lock them to the structure using 2 1/2″ screws.
In order to hang the swing bench, you have to attach 4×4 supports between the beams. As you can easily notice in the diagram, cut one end of the supports at 45 degrees. Secure the supports into place by inserting 2 1/2″ screws or 7″ carriage bolts.
Build the rafters out of 4×4 lumber. Cut the both ends of the rafters as shown in the diagram and make notches by using a circular saw. Smooth the recess with a sandpaper and remove the residues with sandpaper.
Fit the rafters to the support beams, as described in the diagram. Place the rafters equally-spaced, as shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes through the rafters and insert 4 1/2″ screws into the support beams. Leave no gaps between the components for a professional result.
Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours. Check if there are protruding screws and fix this issue, if necessary.
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