Wooden Swing Bench for your Garden

Have you considered taking on a new hobby or learning a new skill? 

Today we will teach you how to make an easy Swing Bench out of wood, we have included step-by-step plans and tips to build your confidence and ensure your success. Woodworking crafts are as old as time itself; the beauty, warmth, and timeless elegance of wood will never go out of style. You do not have to be an expert carpenter or own all the woodworking tools to take on this outdoor woodworking project for beginners.

Easy Wooden Swing Bench

This bench is low cost and low maintenance, rustic, yet modern, and super easy to build in a day. Let’s get started!

Materials and Tools Required:

38mm x 114mm SA Pine cut to:

3 Pieces - 550mm lengths (base struts),
3 Pieces - 850mm lengths (backrest struts),
2 Pieces - 390mm lengths (armrests),
4 Pieces - 670mm lengths (armrests and finishing),
5 Pieces - 1 300mm lengths (seat and top backrest slats),
1 Piece - 1 220mm length (backrest slat)

50mm x 76mm SA pine cut to:

2 Pieces - 1 500mm lengths (support struts)
20 each - 6mm x 60mm coach screws
50 each - 6mm x 75mm coach screws

Tape measure
Pencil
Tri-square
Jigsaw
80-grit sandpaper
cordless drill and 4mm drill bit
16mm spade bit
10mm socket and ratchet
4 each - 6mm shackles
10 metres of 6mm chain
1 x Tin Woodoc varnish

Step 1: Assembling the Frame

For the 3 x Pieces 850mm Backrest Struts:

Measure and mark 76mm and 50mm at the bottom of both ends
Cut out these corner pieces to fit the support struts, with a Jigsaw
On the back of these pieces Measure 200mm and 170mm above this and join the two marks to establish the angle of the backrest.

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Step 2: Assembling the Frame

Place 1 of the 550mm pieces backrest on this diagonal line and attach it with 2 x coach screws (6mm x 60mm). Repeat till you have made 3 x of these base-backrest assemblies in total.

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Step 3: Assembling the Frame

For the 2 x Pieces 1 500mm Support Struts Measure and mark 100mm on each end of the 2 support struts. Attach a base-backrest assembly at each of these marks using 2 x coach screws (6mm x 75mm) per piece. Now screw the 3rd assembly into the centre using 2 x coach screws (6mm x 75mm).

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Step 4: The Armrests

Screw a 670mm plank and a 390mm plank at right angles to each other and attach to the Left side of the frame with the 6mm x 60mm coach screws. Screw a 670mm plank and a 390mm plank at right angles to each other and attach to the Right side of the frame with the 6mm x 60mm coach screws.

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Step 5: The Base and Backrest

For the Seat and Top Backrest Slats - 5 x Pieces 1300mm and 1 x Piece 1220mm

To form the base use 4 of the 1300mm planks.
Use small blocks of wood to evenly space them apart.
Now join these planks with 6mm x 75mm coach screws.
Attach the 5th 1 300mm plank to the backrest at the top with the 1 220mm plank underneath.

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Step 5: To Finish Off The Armrests

Place the remaining 2 x 670mm planks on top of the armrest and attach with 6mm x 75mm coach screws. Sand the bench smooth using the 80-grit sandpaper and apply the varnish.

Step 6: You are almost done!

Now you can attach the 6mm chain to the 4 support struts of the bench and hang at a hight that suits your comfort. Well Done! Go grab a good book and a Cappichino, you deserve it!

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