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Project of the Week: Porch swing is a summer classic

Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for carpentry projects.
By Don and Dave Runyan, For The Oklahoman Published: June 10, 2013

Like an Adirondack chair or a lawn glider, a porch swing is an all-American summer favorite. Just sit back and close your eyes and you can almost hear the crickets chirping as you gently sway back and forth. Featuring classic Mission style and comfort, this do-it-yourself version would have been just as at home on your grandmother's porch as it will be on yours.

Built from standard dimensional lumber (redwood as pictured, but other species will work just as well) and common hardware, the porch swing requires only basic tools and techniques. Mostly straight cuts and full-size patterns for the angled and curved pieces make the project easy enough even for beginners.

First, trace the patterns onto the wood, cut everything out and sand. Next, assemble using glue and screws. Finally, apply finish of choice. The builder may choose to add cushions for an extra-comfortable seat.

As pictured, the project measures 60 inches long, but the length is adjustable.

The Porch Swing plan, No. 897, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step directions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, a shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions.

A package of porch furniture plans, No. C154, is $24.95 and includes this plan plus plans for matching double and single porch rockers. A free catalog picturing dozens of projects is also available. Please include $4.00 for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, send this article with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Oklahoman, 821B S Tremont St., Oceanside, CA 92054. To order by credit card, call (800) 828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the web at


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