Does this look familiar?
Cost of Supplies: $45-$50 (worth it because wood lasts a lot longer than fabric!)
Build Time: 2-3 hours
I see them everywhere…old ripped-up patio swing chairs sitting in people’s yards. These swings still have a good frame, but the fabric is all rotted away and the swing can’t be used anymore. Most people keep them around for a while with the assumption that SOMEDAY they will order a new fabric cover for the swing…but then it’s forgotten and eventually the whole frame is thrown away.
I had two of my own rotted-out swing chairs just laying around waiting to be disposed of until one day I decided to fix em up myself! A wooden swing looks just as good (if not better) and lasts a lot longer than a fabric one does!
(By the way, I ended up selling the swing in the above pic for $120 on craigslist. That’s a $70 profit for just a couple hours work!) Think of all the extra money you could make by doing people favors by taking their ‘junk’ swings off of their hands for free, fixing them up, and selling them for a profit! Cha Ching! 😉
- Self tapping screws (I used 1 1/2 in long screws but since the metal piping on these frames vary in size, you may want to measure what length you’ll need to screw through wood into frame)
- 2x4s (I used ten 5ft 3in 2x4s but each swing chair will vary)
- High quality outdoor spray paint
- Stain or paint for wood
- Chop Saw
- Hand Drill w/drill bits
Remove any old fabric
Spray paint the frame
Measure and cut 2x4s
Sand edges of 2x4s and then paint or stain
Space 2x4s out on bench
Drill tiny pilot holes where your screws will be, making sure to drill through the wood and into the metal tubing.
Pilot hole: a small hole drilled as a guide for the insertion of a nail or screw, or for the drilling of a larger hole.
When drilling the pilot hole, make sure the drill bit is slightly SMALLER around than the screws you will be using
Now it’s time to drill countersink holes about halfway into the wood, so that when the self tapping screws are drilled in, the top of the screw will sit below the surface of the wood and penetrate the metal tubing.
When countersinking, make sure the drill bit you use is at least the same size around or larger as the head of the screw that you are using
These are self tapping screws
Drill your self tapping screws into the wood where you drilled the pilot and countersink holes.
As you can see, the screws are all countersunk into the wood and penetrating into the metal tubing.