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  • DIY Porch Swing (Free Templates!)

    Thanks for the templates! Being in California, I used local redwood for this swing, except for a piece of cedar for the base of the cupholders. I used 2x lumber for the frame to avoid any issues with splitting with the specified materials. Slats were ripped from clear 1-1/2" stock spaced with 3/8" gap, 24 slats total. I used just a single seat/back assembly in the center of the swing. It's still very stiff. Note the drink holders. I was concerned with containers hitting the chain so I modified the design with these 'outboard' cup holders from another design. They're sized to accept up to a 1qt 'Nalgene' bottle and slotted for a large coffee cup handle. There's a center drain for moisture. The chain is rated for a 250lb working load, each. All other hardware is stainles…

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    Thanks for the templates! Being in California, I used local redwood for this swing, except for a piece of cedar for the base of the cupholders. I used 2x lumber for the frame to avoid any issues with splitting with the specified materials. Slats were ripped from clear 1-1/2" stock spaced with 3/8" gap, 24 slats total. I used just a single seat/back assembly in the center of the swing. It's still very stiff. Note the drink holders. I was concerned with containers hitting the chain so I modified the design with these 'outboard' cup holders from another design. They're sized to accept up to a 1qt 'Nalgene' bottle and slotted for a large coffee cup handle. There's a center drain for moisture. The chain is rated for a 250lb working load, each. All other hardware is stainless. Note the engraved 'footer'. It's sealed with 2 coats of a transparent deck sealer, Duck Back I believe.

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