I'm building a porch swing out of oak. As usual, I found some designs online and none of them were exactly what I wanted, so I used what I needed and made up the rest. The project isn't finished, but it is really coming along. I've gotten to use just about every tool I own, so it has been one of my favorite projects so far.
It isn't completed, but I thought I would share my progress along the way. One cool thing about this project is that it was made possible by my good friends Corey and Juli Kalbaugh. I helped Juli with her new art website (which you should check out if you haven't had the chance, she is an incredible artist) and they were very generous to give me a gift card to buy some of the wood for this project.
Below are some pictures and commentary, hope you enjoy.
My "workshop" (a.k.a my side of the garage)
Cutting the seat supports with a jigsaw
This is the frame (without the arms) put together. I used the jigsaw to cut the curved supports and the table saw to cut horizontal pieces. I then glued and screwed everything together, pre-drilling and countersinking all the holes.
Here is a picture of one of the joints. This wasn't in any of the plans so I kinda made it up so everything would be flush.
This is a side view of the same joint.
I notched out the vertical supports and screwed a support piece along the whole back.
This piece was fun to cut because I got to rip a piece of 3/4" oak on my new table saw at at 35 degree angle to get that slope to line up.
This is one of the arms that I cut out with the jigsaw.