Next up on my project list is the bench swing request by my wife. My brother made a swing set for his kids a couple years ago and he bought some metal brackets for the main structure. I looked on Amazon and was shocked to learn they were $60 per bracket. They are very easy to install and slip over the 4×4 posts, but I thought a birdsmouth joint would be strong enough for the bench swing. After looking at some pictures of bench swings on Google Images I decided on my design. The structure went up very easy using 4×4 posts for the legs and 2 x 2×6’s glued and screwed together for the main beam. I then used glue and structure screws to secure the legs to the beam.

The bench was made out of pressure treated deck boards and 2x4s. I wanted the length to be 6′ long, and the height and depth of the seat was determined by what felt comfortable using full width deck boards. I used the angle of the lawn chairs as the angle on the bench swing as well. Then hung the swing using swing hardware I found at a local hardware store and 1/4″ chain.

The swing is just what we wanted for that space and I am very happy with the results. The ground slopes toward the back of our property quite a bit so I had to put some blocks under the legs on one side. You don’t walk by it, so there is no tripping hazard, but I think I am going to figure out a more visually pleasing solution.

Pressure Treated Bench Swing

Pressure Treated Bench Swing

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