How to Make a Porch Bench Swing How to Make a Porch Bench Swing

What You'll Need
Drill
Drill bits
Chain
4 eye hooks
4 "S" hooks
2 sets of A-frame brackets
5 4x4 posts
6 2x4 posts
Measuring tape
Carriage bolts

When you have a porch you want to be able to enjoy it during those warm days and you can with a porch bench swing. This article will instruct you on how to build an A-frame style because it is easier to do as well as less expensive.

Step 1 - Cut the Wood

The design of the A-frame is simple, as the legs are a basic "V" shape. Determine the size of the frame based on the size of the porch it will be placed on. Use the measuring tape to determine the height of the porch and the clearance you have available. Measure the width of the space where you want the porch bench swing to be placed as well as the length. This measurement will determine the space between the front and back of the frame.

The 4x4 posts will be used to construct the frame. Start with two of the posts and cut them to the height you want them to be. Hold one piece up and have a friend hold the other one. You'll be able to adjust the spacing and make fresh cut lines. Trim the boards as needed and cut two more of the posts to the same length as the other two.

Cut four of the 2x4 posts to the correct length for the bench.

Step 2 - Build the Frame

With your boards for the frame cut, you can now join them together. Install the A-frame brackets to each leg. Connect two of the pieces together in order to make that familiar "V" shape. The last 4x4 will be used as the beam, which crosses the top of the frame. Set it in place and attach the legs to it. Install one eye hook to each side of the frame on the top beam. Slip an "S" hook into each eye hole and pinch the hooked end together.

Step 3 - Build the Bench Seat

With the frame built, you now need to make the bench for the porch bench swing. The 2x4 boards were already cut to the length you need. Place them on the work surface and line them all up so that they are all even. Space the four boards apart so that there is a 1/2-inch space between each one. Measure the width of these four boards and cut the remaining 2x4 to that measurement. Place one board on each end, crossing the boards, and install the carriage bolts to each board that intersects. Add a third brace in the center. Flip the seat over. Install an eye hook to each side of the seat four inches in from the edge and centered over a brace. Attach an "S" hook to the eye hooks and pinch the end closed. Attach the chain to the "S" hooks on the frame and cut it to length, then attach the other end to the bench.

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