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I wanted to replace a bench swing that had broken on my girl's swing set. The set itself is fine and all, but nothing to write home about. The bench w...
So I kept looking at this sad old swing and figured it was time to get off my butt, put my Super Dad cape on and get to work.
I took the original measurements for the old bench and built my design around those so that it would fit into the original frame.
I wanted to make it out of fiberglass and had no previous experience with composites, where to start? Well there are many great related instructables ...
Alright so for most of this article I've been using the term "Fiberglass" well.. while I did use fiberglass cloth in the construction using fiberglas...
Safety Equipment that is a must: Respirator Gloves I went with a box of Nitrile. Safety glasses, but preferably goggles. Tools: Cheap brushes or a fi...
Get a good respirator and plan on living in it, you can skimp out on all of the tools and materials on the list, but you only have one set of lungs. P...
I used a single piece of cardboard for the bench then built off of that. I measured, cut, and shaped cardboard until I had what I wanted for each piec...
As far as prep work I added the raised area between the seats because I figured with only a flat sheet of composite holding the two halves up would be...
Before you get excited and start mixing your resin precut your cloth, use the sharpest pair of scissors you have or can get. If you have any stringers...
Once I finished laminating and everything had cured for a couple days, I flipped the dino over and started removing the cardboard. I had a lot of spot...
I got everything to a point that I was ok with, at least for what this project was, I could probably have spent the next couple months filling and san...
I bolted the supports to the body using the bottom holes. For the top I just used top holes of the supports as my guide drilled through the body and b...
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