modern outdoor bench plans from ana-white.com
6 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long
7 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
2-1/2" and 2" exterior decking screws
2 - 2x4 @ 72"
5 - 2x4 @ 21"
2 - 2x4 @ 31"
4 - 2x4 @ 24"
2 - 2x4 @ 25-1/2"
1 - 2x4 @ 69"
3 - 2x4 @ 18-1/4"
6 - 1x6 @ 72"
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Build the basic seat frame of the swing first. Use the 2-1/2" exterior decking screws to attach the longer boards to the shorter boards. Kreg Jig users can also build with 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.
Next, add the legs to the seat frame.
Then add the arms on top of the shorter legs, and then tie into longer back legs.
Add the shorter stretchers between the bottom legs - this will help keep the legs from splaying out.
Attach backrest supports with the 2-1/2" screws.
Use the 2" screws to attach the 1x6 boards to the framing. Make sure you fill all screw holes with an exterior wood filler and then finish as desired.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.