a hanging chestnut porch swing
who doesn’t love a good porch swing ?? … this project was commissioned by one of our designer clients for an outdoor setting at a new home in northern vermont … it was pretty straightforward mortise and tenon work, but required a little special engineering involving stainless steel hanger bolts where the corners intersected. it’s 80 inches wide, so we had to figure it could have to handle a pretty big load at times. vacation house parties and all … we used reclaimed chestnut, which, with a little maintenance, will weather well in the outdoors. we used a penofin finish and sam made the custom hooks in our metal shop. there’s a very short you tube video showing it fully loaded and the hardware we found online to hang it with … sweet project … i think i need one myself somewhere … larger process photos and more construction comments on our dorset custom furniture blog.
an in shop test before finishing and delivery
the naked swing .. 17.5 from the floor without the cushion s front, +/- 13' off the floor in the back. cushiions we used we borrowed from our office and were 4" for the seat and 3" for the back. pretty comfy
the original cad drawing .. the seat depth was reduced to 30" for construction, and that was really good with the cushions we tested it with.
bridle joints on the end frames
corner detail one
corner detail 2
custom hooks from our metal shop; swing hangers and springs from hayneedle.com
penofin finish with roughsawn house trim sample
close up of the spring and hanger detail
installing the hanger bolts with the bench assembled ... it proved to be the only way to install them straight.
ta dah ... nap tme