How Do You Build a Porch Swing?


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To build a porch swing, decide between purchasing a kit or creating a plan, cutting the pieces and assembling from scratch. A kit typically includes precut pieces and all of the necessary hardware for assembly.

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The following steps describe how to build a wooden porch swing from a kit.

Step 1: Dry fit all of the pieces.

This ensures that the kit includes all of the necessary pieces.

Step 2: Apply glue to the tenon pieces.

Most kits utilize a tongue-and-slot design, also called a tenon-and-mortise design, which creates a strong connection. Apply glue to the tenon, or tongue, pieces.

Step 3: Attach the tenon and mortise pieces.

Step 4: Drill screws through the tenon pieces.

The kit should already include predrilled screw holes.

Step 5: Assemble the seat back.

Designs vary, but many seat backs feature slats and a top and bottom rail. First glue all of the slats into the top rail, and then add glue and slowly slide the bottom rail onto all of the slats.

Step 6: Attach the sides.

Leave off the arms for now, as they can get in the way of the seat assembly.

Step 7: Assemble the seat.

Glue and screw in the seat slats, the supports and the aprons.

Step 8: Attach the arms.

Glue and screw in the arm rest on both sides.

Step 9: Perform any finish work.

This can include filling in screw holes and attaching brass bolts for hanging.

There are many ways to build a porch swing, but a kit offers a more economical solution compared to a fully built option, without the need for woodworking tools.

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