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How to Build a Pergola With a Swing

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A pergola not only makes a nice framework for an attractive ivy-covered bower, it makes a great place to hang a porch swing. A simple stand-alone pergola can be placed in any attractive, flat garden spot and, if built strongly, can support one or two

How to Build a Pergola With a Swing

A pergola not only makes a nice framework for an attractive ivy-covered bower, it makes a great place to hang a porch swing. A simple stand-alone pergola can be placed in any attractive, flat garden spot and, if built strongly, can support one or two porch swings or even individual playground-type swings. Here's a way to build a simple timber pergola with a porch swing.

Skill level:Moderately Easy

Things you need

Post-hole digger12 bags of concrete mix -- 36.3 Kilogram eachPea gravelShovel, wheelbarrow and water hose4 pressure-treated posts, 6-by-6 inches by 12 feetSocket setDrill and screwdriver bitHalf-inch drill bit, 10 inches long7/16-inch drill bit, 5 inches long or more4 pressure-treated boards, 2-by-8 inches by 16 feet1 pressure-treated post, 6-by-6 inches by 6 feet2 carriage bolts, 1/2 inch by 10 inches longGalvanised screws -- 5 inches long8 pressure-treated boards, 2-by-8 inches by 12 feet8 lag bolts, 1/2 inch by 5 inchesCircular sawTape measureSpeed squareWood stain/sealer and brush or sprayer2 half-inch screw-in eyesPorch swing kitSafety glasses

Instructions

1 Dig four post holes at the corners of a rectangle that is 10 by 14 feet. Dig the holes 3 feet deep, and wider at the bottom than at the top. Put the 12-foot-long 6-by-6s into the holes and pour 3 inches of pea gravel around the base of each post. Prepare two to three bags of concrete mix in the wheelbarrow and pour it into the holes up to within 3 inches of the top.

2 Prop up the posts, brace them and use a level to ensure they are vertical and squared with each other with sides parallel. Allow the concrete to cure for 24 hours before putting any stress on the posts or attaching cross-members.

3 Screw two 16-foot 2-by-8s to each pair of posts that are 14 feet apart. The top edges of these main support boards should be even with the tops of the posts. Screw the support boards to the sides of the posts with 5-inch galvanised screws. The ends of the supports should extend a foot beyond the posts. Do the same with the other pair of posts so you have two long parallel sides. Pre-drill 7/16-inch holes through the ends of the long support beams into the posts and screw in 5-inch-long half-inch lag bolts.

4 Cut the 6-foot-long 6-by-6 into two equal pieces for swing supports. Select which side you want the swing on. Place the 6-by-6s lengthwise between the front and back 2-by-8 cross-members so the centres of the two support boards are 8 feet apart and 4 feet from the ends of each set of cross-members. Screw the 6-by-6s into place with 5-inch-long galvanised screws. Drill a half-inch hole horizontally through the cross-members and the supports and bolt with 10-inch carriage bolts for added strength. The 6-by-6 supports will bear the weight of the swing.

5 Set a 12-foot 2-by-8-inch board on edge across the top of both sets of cross-members 1 foot from the end. Screw the board in place with 5-inch-long galvanised screws; pre-drill the holes at a 45-degree angle through the boards and into the top of the cross-members. Place seven more 12-foot 2-by-8s two feet apart down the length of the cross-members.

6 Stain the pergola assembly with an outdoor stain and sealer with a brush or garden sprayer according to manufacturer's instructions.

7 Pre-drill a 7/16-inch hole in the bottom centre of the two 6-by-6 supports you installed in the main support beam for the porch swing. Screw in the half-inch eyes and attach the porch swing assembly.

Tips and warnings

For shade, train ivy or climbing vines such as wisteria to grow on the pergola framework.

This framework will carry two swings. Simply install a second pair of supports at the other end of the pergola's long side and hang a second swing assembly.

Always wear eye protection when working with power tools.

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