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Free Standing Porch Swing

has anyone built a free standing porch swing? I have a customer who wants a swing on her porch but wants to be able to move it. I was thinking about building an A frame and getting someone to weld up some brackets to hold it all together then just build a swing. Id probably saw up some pine 4x4s and have them kiln dried sense her porch is covered. Ideas?

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Before opening the thread I was thinking steel frame. Steel would make a more sturdy frame. I'm not sure how you plan to use 4x4's for the swing. Normally a swing is made as light as possible.
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Lee Valley sells the metal swing brackets - maybe they have plans also? Might be worth checking out their website. Wood Magazine has a plan for a 2-seater http://www.woodmagazine.com/project-...nloadable-plan
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The weight of the stand and swing will make it very hard to move.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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The one I made it is heavy and maybe too tall for a porch without some modifications. It's made out of pressure treated landscape timbers. Here's a link to the build.

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Lots of ideas in Google images, some of them look like they would not be that heavy to move.

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yea I had thought of the A prame or whatever being of steel. the swing itself will be of light materials obviously.

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The movable porch swings I'm familiar with are called gliders. basically they have a short under mount type stand with 4 short bars or chains. For a porch and movability this is what I'd suggest. The A frame style are more bulky AND require more "swinging" room for motion.

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The movable porch swings I'm familiar with are called gliders. basically they have a short under mount type stand with 4 short bars or chains. For a porch and movability this is what I'd suggest. The A frame style are more bulky AND require more "swinging" room for motion.
I hadn't thought of that until I saw a video on youtube of a guy going over one. it was the chain type

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