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The opening in the plans are made to exactly 6' this of course leaves room on either side of the 5' swing that i built. You can easily modify the plans by adding an additional foot on the three main stretchers that span the top and boom! Problem solved! And you will have the clearance you need on either side of the swing to move freely and not have to constrain your movement. Good Luck with your project!
Newton’s laws always apply. For every action... Where we live, on the Gulf of Mexico, storms are just part of reality. In preparation for the storms we would typically set this on the ground away from any windows as well as anything else that would get airborne in strong winds. Kids will be kids of course and they’re always going to push the boundaries of any and everything. You could add supporting guides to the sides of the swing if it was a concern ( similar to a dog run) but I’ve never been concerned of things getting that out of hand for it to be needed.
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Each person’s mailbox post will assuredly be different based on region. I live in South Mississippi so i never have to worry about fault lines or the ground freezing/thawing. If you live somewhere snow is common i see many folks making their post from metal and able to swivel due to snow plows constantly hitting them while clearing roads in deep snow. My only concern is wood destroying insects 🐜 and for me, here, that mostly means termites and carpenter bees 🐝 That’s why I chose the Cedar for the construction as no common insects here will eat it. And it holds up well to water also. These projects are just my experiences in my area and all aspects won’t pertain to everyone but if i can help a few folks accomplish a simple task, i consider that Mission Accomplished. Thanks for checking …
Each person’s mailbox post will assuredly be different based on region. I live in South Mississippi so i never have to worry about fault lines or the ground freezing/thawing. If you live somewhere snow is common i see many folks making their post from metal and able to swivel due to snow plows constantly hitting them while clearing roads in deep snow. My only concern is wood destroying insects 🐜 and for me, here, that mostly means termites and carpenter bees 🐝 That’s why I chose the Cedar for the construction as no common insects here will eat it. And it holds up well to water also. These projects are just my experiences in my area and all aspects won’t pertain to everyone but if i can help a few folks accomplish a simple task, i consider that Mission Accomplished. Thanks for checking it out.
I used Simple Finish from Maker Brand Co. There are other hard wax oils on the market but that is my go to. Its low VOC and all plant based.
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It took me about 3 weeks total, but i had to do the laminations that took a while. And i work a VERY demanding day job about 12 hours a day so i only had a few hours at the end of the day and the weekends. If i did it straight through, it would take about 5 days. Hope this helps!
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WOW! That is a HUGE compliment! Thank you , i am humbled. I really appreciate that and i'm glad you liked it so much. Hopefully it helps someone out there to tackle their own swing project!
Thanks Jessy! I appreciate your support! It would look amazing with a climbing plant growing up the lattice!
This figure will change drastically depending on sources and region. I live in the South and Cedar is prevalent so it's not too bad per board foot. Personally I spent $580 on the lumber for the entire project , but i always add a 15% buffer to account for the natural flaws in wood and human error. Hope this helps!
Glad You like it! I hope it helps you with your upcoming build!
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Yeah i started with 10 and only installed 5 so far. I’ve got some ideas for the rest 👍🏻
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Yeah he’s big on the letting it dry and scrape method but he mostly uses titebond and that’s true for that glue because it dries to a color which is obviously not the same as the wood so it stands out. I use gorilla or elmers glue which dry to a more natural color but either way, if you don’t get it off, there will be HUGE spots in your stained piece. You can avoid that by using only natural wood tones though 🤷🏻♂️ Just find what works for you and do that ( always the “best” method)
It’s even more smooth than it would’ve been because it basically breaks the sharp edges at the point where the joints meet. After sanding especially, it’s extremely smooth on each edge.
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65" long , by 28" wide and 5" thick. It weighs a bit over 200 lbs alone. This build could be done with a 3 inch top though and still be plenty sturdy.
Your best bet to secure things to the top is a combination of dogs in the vise, holdfasts and does feet. You can make dogs yourself from dowels ( a technique I’ll show in the next video) or you can buy them. All in on this bench i only have about $100 in lumber. The vises are quite expensive but you can add them down the road and get what you can a little at a time. Hope this helps!
NA, Just a couple sawhorses and a piece of plywood would suffice in a pinch. And you could clamp the stretchers to a 2x4 to cut the mortise and tennon joints.
I probably only have about $80-$100 in all the lumber in this whole build. The vises and accessories are where the money is! But its still a win over buying a comprable bench for $2000 or more and you cant customize it to your work flow.
Uncle Frogy is right, an assembly table and a workbench are two different things. You see the thick top, and deep apron ( on the other side of this bench in embedded video) are all designed to hold wood. The bench is a jig, not a table. It is the most useful and largest jig, but a jig nonetheless that has the capability to hold wood so that you can work on the 3 surfaces of a board: end, face or side. I dont have the dog holes in this bench on the top yet, but i will make another video/instructable on the logic of where to place those holes.
I dont care about messing it up. While i wouldnt do anything intentional to mar it, i understand that its a workbench and meant to be worked on and eventually ill have to resurface and refinish it. Thats why i made the top a full 5" thick. Thanks for watching!
Awesome! Thanks for checking it out! Im glad to have led you to a tiny bit of woodworking terminology, but like i always say, nobody was born knowing everything. Cheers!
I got them from woodcraft and the specific ones are linked in the description of the video.
Sorry Carl, I shouldve done better in explaining that . The gap is filled with another 4x4 that spans the length of the bench and also serves as a planing stop that covers the whole length. The video embedded has more detail on that subject if you want to look into it further. Thanks!!!
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