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After being cooped up inside for a year, I wanted to make a porch swing out at the farm. Come see how this project helped me reconnect with nature.

  1. Weld a Steel Frame
  2. Add Cedar Planks
  3. Hang it in Trees

1. Weld a Steel Frame

There are a lot of plans online for porch swings using only lumber. Well, lumber prices are pretty ridiculous right now and in my area, steel tubing is a bit cheaper. By using a painted steel frame, I can replace the wooden seat piece as they get gross over time. I used 1 1/4″ square steel tubing and cut it down using the metal-cutting bandsaw. My design for the porch swing makes accommodation for three people or one person laying down. The metal frame is going to be plenty strong to support that weight. I MIG welded the frame components together and give the whole thing a coat of blue paint.

2. Add Cedar Planks

I love using cedar boards for my outdoor projects. In the outdoor table and outdoor lounge chair, I combined metal and cedar and I really love the look. This time, I chose to use the thicker cedar deck planks instead of regular dimensional lumber. The deck boards often have rounded edges, which works in my favor for a comfortable bench. I cut the planks down to size and added notches to fit around the armrests. To add some life to the wooden boards, I added some spar urethane finish.

3. Hang it in the Trees

As the title suggests, you could hang this swing on your porch for a relaxing experience. I wanted to hang this swing out at the farm so I could get out of the house. After spending most of the past year cooped up inside my house, working and staying safe, I wanted to go outside and enjoy nature again. Our farm is amazing, but there isn’t anywhere to sit and enjoy yourself. There are two trees near our fire pit that is perfect for a swing. I bought some stainless steel anchors, chains, and turnbuckles because they wouldn’t rust outside. Josh and I hung the swing evenly between the trees.

Perfect for an Outdoor Nap

I am really happy with this outdoor porch swing. It is really sturdy and super comfortable. I really like the blue and cedar color combination and it looks amazing in the trees. I was able to take a nap in the shade after mowing the property; it was so nice. Mowing the property was nicer than usual because Cub Cadet sent us their Enduro XT1 LT42E electric riding mower. I was able to mow most of the grass on a single charge while being really quiet. I love this mower, I love the swing, and I’m really happy to get back outside. Check out the Cub Cadet XT1 LT42E at http://bit.ly/CubCadetILTMS