Two years ago I built this arbor and swing for our backyard.
I was pretty happy with it, but within just a few weeks the seat of the swing started to warp noticeable because I had used materials that were too thin for the design - specifically 1x2s slats for the seat and backrest.
Then last summer it looked so terrible I just took the swing down altogether and left the arbor standing alone. But I vowed right then and there I would rebuild it. I had the technology. I could make it better. I could make it stronger. I could make it faster (faster?)
And hopefully it wouldn't cost me 6 million dollars to do it.
Finally, this weekend I stepped up to the challenge and did just that.
Realizing the design I had used was inferior, I set out to find a better model, and found this beauty on a website called, coincidentally, benches.com
However, because this website doesn't voluntarily give their designs away for free, I created my own based on this picture. Mine need to be narrowed a bit in proportion to theirs, but all in all I feel pretty good about how it came out.
And here's a picture of the arbor and bench from farther back.
I should have rough plans for both. Each piece should take a weekend for someone with medium DIY skills, such as myself. Let me know if you're interested in building either of these and I'll send the plans to you.
Have a great week everybody!