If you just happen to have the perfect spot for a swinging bench, whether that’s a tree limb or porch rafter, then you must get to building one ASAP. This project has been on my list ever since we moved in seeing as we have a great big strong branch that would work for a swing.
A DIY tutorial to build a cedar swinging bench. Make a beautiful cedar swinging bench for exterior use with my free plans.
And I’m finally getting around to building and sharing the free plans for this cedar swinging bench. If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve already seen the bench in action (if not follow me here for sneak peeks and project inspiration). My kids have really taken a liking to this new piece of furniture. It’s getting great use and fits nicely in its new home.
I used almost all 1×4 cedar boards for this swinging bench and left the wood natural to grey out in the elements.
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We have a giant tree with a horizontal limb that was truly meant for a swinging bench. I used a bowline knot both up around the tree and at the chain connection with spring loaded carabiner. On the bench arms I used long screw eyes with locking quick links to connect the chain.
Be sure to read through the entire build before beginning and always follow all safety precautions when operating power tools.
To make the curved edges on the arm rests trace around a small paint jar and then use a jigsaw to cut out the curve.
I suggest attaching the arms in as many places as you can for added strength and support. Use pocket holes at the back side and countersunk screws on the interior frame.
Your hanging method will depend on your situation, just be sure it’s sound and secure.