Take a look at how it turned out then I'll give you the run down on how I did it.
- 4 - Bottom Supports
- 4 - Back Supports
- 2 - Cup Holder Bottoms
- 2 - Cup Holder Backs
- 2 - Arm Fronts
- 2 - Arms
- 1 - Footer
- A carriage bolt is distinguishable because it has a build up of material in the shape of a square right under the head but before you get to the threads. So instead of just slipping it into into a hole and the head sitting flush like a regular bolt, you have to grab a hammer and give it a slight tap...just enough to get it started, then when you tighten down on the nut it will finish sucking that square build up into the wood and keep it from rotating when you tighten down on it. <--pretty neat design if you ask me.
- I drilled a pilot hole on almost all of my holes, then also countersunk all my screws.
- I used 1 5/8" exterior screws throughout the entire build.
2) Then I also grabbed my footer and front arms and attached them the exact same way.
- When you are buying your slats, make sure to check they are straight before buying them. I went through 70% of what was on the shelf to find 10 good ones
- If you don't want a heart/name board in the middle of your porch swing then you will need 11 boards.
- Each 8' board will give you 2 slats.
7) My mom wanted a heart so I grabbed a piece of paper and folded it in half, then drew half of a heart and cut it out.
1) To add the chain. I cut two lengths of 8 links each (each link is two loops) then attached it to the side carriage bolt above the arm.
Note: Before tightening down on the nut be sure the link is slanted like in the below photo.
Tip: This chain is tough so I used a pair of Klein square nose pliers to make the cuts.
- 10 - 1 x 2 x 8
- 3 - 1 x 4 x 8
- 2 - 1 x 6 x 8
- 14 - 1/4" flat washers
- 14 - 1/4" lock washers
- 14 - 1/4" nuts
- 12 - 1/4 x 2 carriage bolts
- 2 - 1/4 x 3 carriage bolts
- 2 - Small S hooks
- 2 - Large S hooks
- 1 - Box of 1 5/8" exterior screws
- 17' of chain