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Exactly How to Build A Swing in About an Hour

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I will show you how to build this swing through pictures and even give you a materials list so your child or grandchild can enjoy swinging in bare feet too!
Time: 40 Minutes Cost: $100 Difficulty: Medium
  • exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
It will grow with your child or grandchild as well - at the bottom you will notice a different swing and our grandson was younger - it's a great way to make something long-lasting!
The materials list includes:
2 – 1” Circle Screw Bolts
5 – 4x4x8 Posts
1 – 2x6x8 Board
4 – 9” x ½” Bolts
4 Washers
4 Nuts
6 to 8 – 4” Wood Screws
5/8” Auger Bit (preferable 7 1/2” long)
Of course you will need a drill, saw, and rubber mallet.
  • exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
First, lay out your posts like this and then mark the posts so that when you drill the holes (the next step) with the auger bit, the holes will match up.
  • exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
After the posts are drilled, slid the bolt through and secure it with a washer and nut. You will have to lay it down to do the other two posts the same way.
  • exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
You will need 2 extra people for this: One person each to hold up the 2 posts bolted together on either side of the swing and 2 people to hoist the final post up inbetween the top "V" of the swing like the picture shows. Mark the post and drill a hole on each end with the auger bit.
  • exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
Make sure it is level.....,then.....
  • exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
You will need to work "Shems" inbetween the posts to make it more secure, then insert bolts on both ends and finish off with a washer and nut.
  • exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
Place the crossbars on like this, measure and saw off the tips (see next picture) and using a regular sized drill bit, pre-drill then use a screw to secure.
  • exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
After sawing off the tips, you will need to sand smooth so active hands don't get splinters!
  • exactly how to build a swing in about an hour, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
Screw in the circular screw and put the swing on - we got this swing at a church yard sale that morning for $5. Now this is all the little one wants to do.........swing swing SWING!! It actually took 40 minutes and my husband had never made one before.

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  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jun 11, 2014

    This is awesome, Kelli! I'm so impressed!

    • Kitchen Kelli
      Kitchen Kelli Norman, OK
      on Jan 6, 2015

      @Miriam I Thanks ! I don't know why I just saw this - I can't believe how many people have pinned this in the last month or so...........thanks to you and @The Hometalk Team for all the traffic I get - you are the best Miriam!

  • Paula Chaplin
    Paula Chaplin United Kingdom
    on Mar 31, 2015

    Do you know what weight this sort of frame would support? Considering this for an adult porch swing.

    • Kitchen Kelli
      Kitchen Kelli Norman, OK
      on Sep 25, 2015

      @Wewocu Yes - there is room for 2 swings, no problem.

  • Dan powers
    Dan powers Perth Amboy, NJ
    on Jun 21, 2015

    I got this all together and I can't figure out how to stop it from swaying side to side

    • Jeannie Herman
      Jeannie Herman Harrison, OH
      on Nov 17, 2016

      I had the same problem. I put extra bracers at the top, from the legs to the top board. Four sets...Took care of the problem.

  • Wewocu
    Wewocu
    on Sep 25, 2015

    Do you know if I can put 2 swings on this set?

    • Kitchen Kelli
      Kitchen Kelli Norman, OK
      on Sep 25, 2015

      @Wewocu - you can try it. We never had 2 on the set but that's not to say you couldn't!

  • Dan Rhomberg
    Dan Rhomberg Fountain Valley, CA
    on May 15, 2016

    any chance of hole measurements vs "lay it out" for placement? I bought the materials(mine cost $160 at home depot) and Dans comment above about shifting unanswered, that scares me a bit getting started...not a professional builder and after spending this much I need a little more detail...PLEASE. :-)

    • Kitchen Kelli
      Kitchen Kelli Norman, OK
      on May 18, 2016

      @Dan Rhomberg Ours did not ever sway - it was used for 4 years and so I'm not sure what that gentleman's problem was.

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