The Cypress Porch Swing
by Patrick Harper - Blood, Sweat, and Sawdust
My life is hectic planning for the move. I’m obsessing over every detail. I haven’t spent as much time in the shop as I’d like. However, I did find some time to complete a nice little commission for a friend: a high-back cypress porch swing.
I milled the structural components from 8/4 Cypress, and the slats from 4/4 Cypress. These boards are beautiful. All of them had tight grain and were completely free of knots. Most of the boards where 12 inches or wider. It was a shame to rip them all down. I used Tite-bond III wood-glue and stainless steel hardware.
I started by milling up the 8/4 boards. With the seat and back supports roughed out, I cut the half-lap joints that join the two pieces together. I did this before cutting the curved profiles. This made cutting the half-laps on the table saw much easier. If I ever do this again, I will use bridle joints.
With the half-laps cut, I cut the curved profiles on the band saw. I did this before gluing the assemblies together. Then, I cleaned everything up on the spindle sander. I also routed a round-over on the top of the arm-rest and the arm-rest bracket.
With the structural components complete, I ripped my 8/4 stock down and routed a round-over on the top of each seat slat.
Assembly was very straight forward. I started with the side assemblies. I screwed and glued the arm rests to their brackets. Then I bored the holes and counter-sinks for the carriage bolts that will hold the side assemblies together as well as support the chain.
With the side assemblies complete, I started attaching the seat slats. I started at the top of the back and front, and worked my way inwards.
With the swing assembled, I bored a hole to accept the swing chain through the arm-rest. I finished the swing with a quick sanding. I think it turned out well, and it should last for some time.