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Setting our six-foot oak swing down off the hooks for winter
is always a challenge. We used to use
empty five-gallon buckets and wood pieces to make a temporary stand, but this
year I decided to make a more permanent and solid solution.
I took 2x4 material and, using a pocket hole jig, I created
rectangular frames with a center cross member to use as legs for my
stands. I cut the lengths to 24"
and made the height 17", just the right height and length to hold the
swing off the floor.
As I cut the pieces on my powered mitersaw, I used a 5" orbital sander to clean up the edges and eliminate the stray splinters that always seem to find their way into my fingers.
After making four of the stand legs, I used two sets of two
3" x 3" hinges to secure pairs of the stands on the short side. This
created two stands that could be stored folded closed and then opened into a
“V” shape to securely hold the swing.
Apply a quick coat of an outdoor clear finish, and the stands are ready to use. Positioned into two “V” shapes under the swing, they make a solid way to store the swing for the winter and eliminate fiddling with the buckets and boards. Add a small tarp to cover the swing, tying it to the open frame of the stands, and we are ready for winter.
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