Awhile back, I stumbled across this old bench swing at a flea market. Though marked “not for sale”, I was not to be deterred from owning my own, so I took several photos and commenced building my own. This project was completed before I developed the habit of documenting my projects step by step, but I hope the photos below and the download of the google sketchup file (complete with measurements and lumber dimensions documented) will help anyone determined, as I was, to make their own.
Because none of Hawk Hill’s porches have the perfect spot for this bench, I designed it as a tree swing. The unique lines of this vintage swing inspired me- and I felt like it had an almost craftsman type look to it.
The bench that inspired me: (I designed my bench swing so that, with the addition of a few 4×4 legs, it could transition between bench and swing)
And, after an hour on SketchUp and a few hours in my shop, my version:
And here she is in all her glory at Hawk Hill:
Lindsayanne is a professional artist, writer, and serial-DIY-er with a knack for solving problems creatively at home, in the studio, out in the garden, and even online. Learn more about Lindsay, her training, and her background here.