Step by step plans about garden swing plans. Building an A-frame swing is a nice garden project, if you use proper plans, professional tools and quality materials. Taking into account there are so many options to choose from, you should study the alternatives before starting the actual construction of the swing. You could adjust the size and the shape of the swing, but use the same woodworking techniques to get the job done.
There are several aspects you should take into account before starting the woodworking project. Therefore, plan everything from the very beginning, starting with the shape and design of the garden swing, up to the materials required for the projects. Use quality materials, as they should be weather-resistant and have a nice finish, such as pressure-treated lumber, pine, cedar or redwood.
A-frame swing plans
- 1 - 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 95″ long FRAME
- 2 - 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long TOP BEAM
- 3 - 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 43″ long BOTTOM SUPPORTS
- 4 - 2 pieces of 2×6 – 19” long TOP SUPPORTS
- 5 - 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 32 1/2″ long BRACES
- PART 1: Garden Swing Plans
- PART 2: Bench Swing Plans
- Hammer, Tape measure, Carpentry Square
- Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
- Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses, Respiratory Mask
- One Day
Garden Swing Plans
The first step of the project is to build the A-frame components. As you can easily notice in the image, you should use 4×4 lumber and to cut the ends of the components according to teh plans. Use a good circular saw to cut the components at the right size and smooth the cut edges with medium-grit sandpaper.
Assemble the A-frame on a level surface, if you want to get a professional result. Place the components on the support surface, align the braces and drill pilot holes, as in the image. Afterwards, drive in 7″ carriage bolts with washers and lock the components together tightly.
PRO TIP: Cut the ends of the supports at 15º. Smooth the cut edges of the components, in order to get a nice appearance.
Continue the woodworking project by installing the top braces. Cut the ends of the 2×6 components at 15 degrees, align it at both ends and attach them to the A-frames with 3 1/2” wood screws. Work with attention and good judgement, if you want to get the job done as a professional.
Fitting the top beam of the swing is not difficult, if you align the components properly. In addition, you should adjust the size of the beam according to your needs, as it will influence directly the width of the garden swing. Place the beam on top of the A-frames and secure it into place with several 5″ wood screws, after drilling pilot holes. In addition, enhance the joint by using galvanized nail-on plates.
Installing the 4×4 braces into place will increase the rigidity of the frame and add support to the garden swing. As you can notice in the plans, cut both ends of the braces at 45º and lock them to the components with 3 1/2″ galvanized screws. Drill pilot holes trough the components, to prevent the wood from splitting.
PRO TIP: It is always important to plumb the A-frames of the garden swing, before fitting the braces.
Last but not least, there are several aspects you should take into account. Therefore, you should fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the wooden surface after it dries out. In addition, check all the screws are inserted properly and round the exposed edges with a router and a 1/4 – 3/4″ bit.
PRO TIP: Apply several coats of paint over the components, in order to protect them from decay. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the project, where we show you how to build the swing bench.
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