2×4 Porch or Tree Swing – 096

this way you don't want to throw these eight two by fours into this horse swing so let's get started the first step that I'm going to take is to remove about 1/32 of an inch on both sides of my stock I'm going to do this with my planner as you can see I kind of rearranged to shop just a little bit to get better use of this planer I spend a lot of money in this planner and I want to use it so having a dedicated space for it greatly enchant greatly increases the opportunity for me to use it and also putting it in this hallway as you can see I've got a lot of room for infeed and outfeed and this setup works really well before I cut my arm eases the length I need to make sure that they are the appropriate width first I need to get these down to three inches wide so I'm just going to remove quarter inch on one side flip it over and little quarter inch on the other side I'm going to do this to two full leg foot two buckles now before I cut any of my half laps I have them sitting in the in the appropriate orientation for both the left on the right side of the arm assembly and this would be a reason on a regular half lap drunk that's just 90 degrees on both sides it really doesn't matter you just cut them all and then put each piece in wherever you want to but because these are angled half flaps they have to be in a specific orientation so I don't really have that much flexibility as far as using multiple pieces wherever I want to so I'm going to leave the pieces in this exact set up and take them over the table saw one by one to cut this angle halfway all right real quick want to run through how I make a kerf maker style stop block that's going to give me the perfect distance that I need to travel to make these half laps absolutely perfect so this is a piece of scrap from the same stock that I'm working with and with the outside edge of the table saw blade the dado stack I want to line it up against the fence so that I'm just just about a fingernail past my fingernail just barely grab against this tooth I know what that did is removed just the thickness of the dado stack that I'm working with and this remaining material is the distance travel so we'll use this to measure we're making the rest of half-laps alright this may get a little confusing so I'll try to explain the best I can this is just a scrap piece of pine with two runners and both of these are measured 15 degrees off of perpendicular from this blade so 15 degree faces and that's because all the angles in this bench are 15 degrees so now I need to know obviously I can start right where this is but how far this way do I need to go for my first half lap well that's where the spacing guide comes into play this kerf maker stop I can slide it up against the blade right here and basically I need to stop where this reference face is over here so I'm just using a piece of this is actually my stop block from my miter miter saw station what I can do is rest this edge up against the bottom of my slip slide it into place like so so now so now this edge is actually where I need to stop I can make my runs open to here but in order for me to get this in a stationary position I'm just going to move my table saw fence over one side and clamp it down that way just run this up against this side and run this up just like like so and I should be able to get some perfect a flaps like this all right so this is the back rest piece and it needs the only half lap down at the bottom but it also needs one right about here so basically I need to duplicate these two half flips onto the bottom back support so what I'm doing is I've set up my fence so that my last cut before I cannot go any further is right in line with this so I'm not going to cut any further than here because I stopped up against the fence now where do I start at that's we're going to use our half lap I'm sorry use our kerf maker stop block for again what I'm going to do is I'm going to start with this block up against the fence telling it to start right there and as you can see that is right where this half lap is starting and then we will go all the way up to the fence where this half lap is stop I'm really really happy with the way this turned out so no adjustments needed I'm just going to go ahead and glue all this together I've got both of my arm assemblies completely glued together and on the bottom piece of both Armisen was in the front side right where this half left stops I need to create a 90 degree cut right here that's because the seat slot is going to start right here and I don't want anything else sticking out forward on the seats left it was easier to make the half lap and cut it later and we're going to make this cut before I something alright now that I have the olives in the final shape that they're going to be in I can start trimming out the bottom which will actually be the support to screw the slats in and what I go on is taking one of my two by fours and ripped it down into one and a half inch by one and a half inch strips and I'm going to line that along the back edge of the back supports and also along the bottom of the arm itself as well so I've got a couple pieces cut here I can even mark and make my final cuts and then screw them into the arm itself as you can see behind me I'm just about ready my final assembly but first I want to take all of my slats and on the top side run them through a quarter inch roundover for the final assembly I've got this whole thing flipped upside down and it's just resting across two of these seat slats I've got to clamp down back and verify that these are 90 degrees and what I've already done is pre drilled two holes on either side of this first slide we're going to start with rinsing off the thumb face and work our way back this way and two screws per slide from the two by two into the slat from below with the first slide security I could use the end of a drill bit to space my second slat by 1/8 of an inch as you can tell this is a pretty big swing so all I got left to do is sang the whole thing down and then it's all the apples so this thing is going to be hung by four of these big 3/8 of an inch eyebolts now in perfect world I would have been able to find some a little bit shorter but these are the only lengths that I could find so it's just a little bit long for my liking but you know it works and when I put them through I made sure that they go through not only the side the arm but also this this support piece back here that's two by two one on the top corner of the back and then one down there at the bottom of both arms all right so here it is all done all sanded ready to go I built this for somebody who obviously has a porch they're going to be doing all the finishing today I don't know if they're gonna paint it or what but you know it's a pretty big swing so I figured what I thought it would be I have no way to show you the actual swing swinging because I have no way to hang it up so I'm sorry about that but you know this is a neat little project I wish I had someplace to actually hang one it's a comfortable size I'm a short guy I'm only five six so you know you can kind of get a size comparison this is big enough for anybody really and most pretty darn strong so this projects in the books if you like what you see like and subscribe and thanks for watching

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