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:
I used almost all 1x4 cedar boards for this swinging bench and left the wood natural to grey out in the elements.
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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.
Be sure to read through the entire build before beginning and always follow all safety precautions when operating power tools.
To make the curved edges trace around a small paint can then use a jigsaw to cut out the curve.
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.
Your hanging method will depend on your situation, just be sure it's sound and secure.