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Making a wooden garden swing chair

Postby nitro23456 » Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:53 pm


I am considering making a wooden swing chair for the garden. I was thinking an A-frame type design.

What type of timber would be advisable for the A-frame and what for the seat slats and frame would you suggest?

Any pointers (design wise) also greatfully received!
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Postby chris_on_tour2002 » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:04 pm

the best wood material for garden furniture by far and away is teak - in the quantities you are talking about though it will be horrifically expensive and not exactly eco-friendly.

a good second would be oak, but again its a very expensive material and neither teak nor oak are easy materials to work with if you are not au faix as they are both hardwoods - takes its toll on the ole chisels let me tell you.

cheaper and easier would be pressure treated softwoods such as pine.
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Postby mortod » Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:44 pm

I used Western Red Cedar which is a very resinous soft wood and therefore quite weather resistant. The bench itself is a very simple elegant design the slats being strung together with bead spacers.
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Postby Noms » Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:49 pm

Teak is definiately the best timber you can use for this project. Its has high natural oil content and will last for years with little maintenance.
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