Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cedar Swinging Bench Free Plans

diy swinging bench

Finally getting around to sharing the free plans for this cedar swinging bench.  If you follow me on Instagram then you've already seen the bench in action (if not follow me here for sneak peeks).  My kids have really taken a liking to this new toy and I'm so happy I finally built it:

diy swinging bench on instagram

I used almost all 1x4 cedar boards for this swinging bench and left the wood natural to grey out in the elements.

diy swinging bench


diy swinging bench

diy swinging bench

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We have a giant tree with a horizontal limb that was truly meant for a swinging bench.  I used a bowline knot both up around the tree and at the chain connection with spring loaded carabiner.  On the bench arms I used long screw eyes with locking quick links to connect the chain.

diy swinging bench hardware

diy swinging bench free plans


Be sure to read through the entire build before beginning and always follow all safety precautions when operating power tools.

diy swinging bench free plans

To make the curved edges trace around a small paint can then use a jigsaw to cut out the curve.

diy swinging bench free plans

I suggest attaching the arms in as many places as you can for added strength and support.  Use pocket holes at the back side and countersunk screws on the interior frame.

diy swinging bench free plans

Your hanging method will depend on your situation, just be sure it's sound and secure.

diy swinging bench free plans

3 comments:

Julie Spear said...

This turned out REALLY beautiful, Jaime!! Thanks for sharing the plans, you are SO awesome!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This is just gorgeous, Jaime!

Stephanie Cole said...

Hi Jamie, When I downloaded the PDF I had a problem seeing the last measurement in the cut list. I wasn't able to change my margins since it was a PDF but I was able to convert it to a word document. Just wanted to let you know! Can't wait to build this for my mother in law!