How to Build a Wood Swinging Bench

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There is something so stress relieving about swinging on a wood swinging bench under the shade of a tree during the warm summer afternoons. Time just seems to slide away and the rhythm of the swing seems to put a new outlook on life. If your backyard has trees, you really should think about adding a wood swinging bench under them. Here are a few suggestions to make the job go easy.

Step 1

Cut your lumber to the specific measurements listed. It is good to use pressure-treated wood when you are building furniture for outside. Otherwise, you will have to stain and seal the wood so it doesn't warp.

Step 2

Drill a 3/4-inch hole through the flat side of each of the 1x2 sections you cut, both the 16-inch and the 18-inch. Place the hole uniformly at 1 inch in from the end and centered. It will help if you can make a template for easy marking each time.

Step 3

Slide the 1x2s onto the stainless steel rod, alternating the 16-inch with the 18-inch. Swing the 18-inch sections up and the 16-inch sections down. Lay the whole thing flat on the ground.

Step 4

Place the 2x4 under the front edge of the seat slats. Drill 1/4-inch pilot holes and then screw in wood screws to each of the slats. Do the same thing on the other side with the other end.

Step 5

Flip the whole thing over and set it against a wall. Slide the seat forward until you get it to a comfortable sitting angle. Slide one section of the 60-inch 1x2 down the wall and mark where it sits against the back support. Do another one but coming from the bottom. These will keep the seat from collapsing or expanding.

Step 6

Pull it away from the wall, turn it over and mark a straight line across from your marks. Predrill pilot holes and then screw it in place, every 12 inches and at the ends.

Step 7

Hold the cross braces against the side of the bench and mark where they intersect the seat. Drill pilot holes and then screw the cross braces onto the chair.

Step 8

Drill 4 holes, one at each corner of the seat on the 2x4 and attach a U-bolt. Attach the chain to the tree and then clip it onto the swing, a shorter section for the back than the front. Add some cushions and relax.

Things You'll Need

  • 5-foot stainless steel rod 3/4 inches thick
  • 30 16-inch 1x2 pressure treated wood
  • 30 18-inch 1x2 pressure treated wood
  • 3/4-inch boring drill bit
  • 2 65-inch 2x4 pressure treated lumber
  • 2 60-inch sections of 1x2
  • 2 24-inch 2x4 cross braces
  • 4 5/8-inch U-bolts
  • 4 5/8-inch chain slip hook
  • Heavy duty chain
Keywords: swing, bench, wood, furniture, garden

About this Author

Based in Maryland, Heidi Braley, currently writes for local and online media outlets. Some of Braley's articles from the last 10 years are in the "Oley Newsletter," "Connections Magazine," GardenGuides and Braley's college life included Penn State University and Villanova University with her passions centered in nutrition and botany.

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