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DIY porch swing
Photo by Jay Graham

DIY garden swing

Relax into the sway of a colorful swing for your porch, balcony or garden. This high-backed design hangs securely from sturdy, 5/8-inch-diameter nylon or hemp rope that runs through the swing's arms and frame.

The average woodworker can build the swing in a weekend for about $150. (Staining and sealing will add several more days.)

Most cuts can be made with a circular saw, handsaw, or saber saw, but the angled back support would be more easily cut with a table saw. A full-service lumberyard can generally do this for you.

Download the plans

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