Making a DIY porch swing can be a fun and rewarding project. Here are some general steps to follow:

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  • Four pieces of 2×4 lumber, each 8 feet long
  • One piece of 1×4 lumber, 8 feet long
  • Two pieces of 2×6 lumber, each 6 feet long
  • Rope or chain, 12-15 feet long
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain or paint (optional)


  1. Cut the four 2×4 pieces into two 4-foot pieces and two 6-foot pieces each. Cut the 1×4 into two 4-foot pieces.
  2. Use the 4-foot pieces of 2×4 lumber to make the frame of the swing. Screw the pieces together to form a rectangle.
  3. Cut the 6-foot pieces of 2×4 lumber diagonally to form two triangles. These will serve as the sides of the swing.
  4. Attach one triangle to each side of the frame using screws.
  5. Cut the 1×4 pieces to fit inside the frame, perpendicular to the sides. Screw them into place.
  6. Sand all the wood pieces to remove rough edges.
  7. If desired, stain or paint the swing.
  8. Attach the rope or chain to the sides of the swing using screws and knots. Make sure the swing hangs level.

Note: Make sure to consult with a professional before attempting any DIY project, especially if you are unsure about the materials, tools, or techniques involved.


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