This Instructable shows the steps I took to make a durable disk seat for the bottom of a rope swing for my family to enjoy. I looked online for existing seats to purchase, however, the only ones available had a weight limit of 150 lbs. I happen to be a little over 200 lbs. (I'm working on it), and wanted to enjoy it as well. I also felt that I could make one rather cheaply as most of the materials I already had in my man cave. I thought about different methods for a while, and settled on these steps. I installed it on Easter day, 2013. I'll keep this instructable updated with any issues that may arise (hopefully none...crossing my fingers) as well as any adaptations.
This project could possibly be finished in a long weekend. The time-consuming tasks would be waiting for the wood glue and the different coats of Urethane to dry.
My main concern for this instructable is that it would hold up to the weather. I had concerns regarding water infiltration and keeping it waterproof. I believe the following steps provide great weather resistance...
Step 1: Materials & Tools
MATERIALS & Tools:
Compass with Pencil
Exterior-Grade Wood Glue
1" Chip Brush
1/2" PVC Coupling
x4 1" Wood Screws
3/8" Hardwood Button Plugs
Sanding Block with Rough-Grit Sandpaper
(I like to take a 2x4 scrap and glue the Sandpaper to it)
Medium-Fine Sanding Sponge
Jig Saw with wood blades
Rotary Tool (Dremel) with small Drum Sander attachment
3/32" Drill Bit
3/8" Drill Bit
J-B Weld 2-Piece Cold Weld Epoxy
Applicator/Stir Sticks (I prefer Popsicle sticks)
5/8" Solid Braided Poly Rope
Duct Tape (duh)
Double Swivel Round Eye - with one opening end