Intro: Replace Plastic Swing Seats With Wood
A restoration was needed for this swing face to face!
The plastic being brittle after 5 winters outside, I made it again in wood hoping that it lasts longer! I used solid beech (falls that I had left after making a staircase), they are covered with 3 layers of glazer. I also replaced the round head bolts that were rusty and too short.
- Miter saw,
- drill press,
Step 1: Cutting the Shape
I used laminated / glued solid beech 38 mm thick.
I traced it in the original shape and cut it with a jigsaw and a miter saw. I used a file to round the curves.
Step 2: Drilling
I drilled the 4 holes on the drill press and used a 15 mm bur to encase the screw heads 3 mm deep.
Step 3: Grooves
I dug the 2 grooves at the router set under the workbench.
Since my 25mm mill was too worn for deep digging, I used a smaller, newer milling cutter to increase the depth of cut.
Step 4: Rounded
All edges are rounded with a milling cutter equipped with a ball bearing.
Step 5: Finishing
The seats are sanded, and receive 3 layers of protective glaze.
For the record, I used the same wood (falls) and the same vitrificateur as to make my staircase 6 years ago.
Step 6: Installation
The seats are installed with new flat head bolts (the original ones were too short and rusty).
Ready for hours of play!