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Summer is sweeter with a porch swing

Don and Dave Runyan offer plans for carpentry projects.
BY Don and Dave Runyan Published: June 18, 2012

If you were to make a list of things that go into a perfect summer evening, chances are “porch swing” would be somewhere near the top, right up there with “lemonade” and “fireflies.” If you're a do-it-yourselfer, this classic porch swing project is an attractive and affordable way to get a little closer to your own idyllic evening on the porch.

Materials for the project include standard pine lumber (other species also work well) and a small quantity of plywood, which keeps costs down. Easy to personalize, the swing can be raised, lowered or tilted by a simple adjustment to the length of its chains.

The project is as easy to build as it is budget friendly. The slats are straight cuts of standard lumber, and everything else is traced from full-size patterns. To build, simply trace the patterns onto plywood and cut out, and cut the slats to length. Next, sand and assemble the pieces using carriage bolts, machine screws and nails. Finally, apply paint, stain or sealer, attach the chains, hang in a shady spot and pour the iced tea.

The porch swing measures 40 inches long by 24 inches high by 24 inches deep.

The Porch Swing plan, No. 288, is $9.95 and includes full-size traceable patterns, step-by-step directions with photos, a shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions.

A package of swing and glider plans, No. C119, is $25.95 and includes plans for this project plus a hanging love seat and two gliders. Please include $4.00 for postage and handling for all orders and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it 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, or to request a free catalog, call (800) 828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the web at


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