To build a porch swing, construct a wooden bench with arm rests, and suspend it from the ceiling of the porch by either a chain or a rope. A simple wood swing can be built in a weekend using only basic cutting techniques, wood glue and screws.
The Family Handyman magazine offers an easy porch swing project as a step-by-step tutorial that includes plans and dimensions. To complete this project, you need a table saw, a jigsaw, a circular saw, a power sander and a drill driver. You also need a square, a tape measure, an adjustable wrench and a hacksaw.
Many plans include cutting lists that show you what cuts to make before you assemble the swing. The frame is the first part of the swing to be constructed. The wood pieces are secured together with wood glue and screws or bolts. More advanced designs may use more complicated joinery techniques. Once the frame is assembled, secure wood slats for the seat and back to the frame with glue and screws.
A porch swing requires a lot of pieces and wood cutting. To simplify the project, purchase a porch swing kit that can be assembled and decorated as desired.