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Make Your Own Swing Bed with Woodcraft Magazine's Downloadable Plans!Swing beds have played a long and comfortable role in Southern history. In the days before central air conditioning, folks slept...

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Make Your Own Swing Bed with Woodcraft Magazine's Downloadable Plans!

Swing beds have played a long and comfortable role in Southern history. In the days before central air conditioning, folks slept on their covered porches to take advantage of the cool night air. My swings are still great for napping, but these days, they’re outfitted with a stack of pillows and employed as nostalgic swinging seats.

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Be ready when spring arrives to get busy sprucing up your home’s exterior and its outdoor living space. Invest family time to envision what projects would transform it into a more organized, inviting retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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    Great finished product - Some plan inconsistencies

    I'm working through my second build of the twin-sized version of this plan now. I used pine, red fir, Varethene stain, and polyurethene to make a beautiful product for a friend's porch. I love the durability and simplicity of this design. However, there were a lot of "lessons learned" notes on the first build that I'm confirming as I go through this iteration. A few of them are (because I don't have my notebook with me... sorry): - I had to guess at a lot of things because they were simply not marked on the plan. (Example: how far from the top of the rear posts should the rear rail be; full materials list) - Several cuts are marked incorrectly on the twin-sized build, causing wasted wood and extra cuts. They're marked too long, though, so I didn't waste a whole board. - Spring links don't support as much weight as quick links and are more expensive. I've cut my materials cost from $400 to $315 on the second runthrough with the same quality build, which is nice, and my build time from five after-work evenings to two or three. After I get through another one or two I may try a hardwood build. Overall, well worth the investment. Can be done with basic skills and tools (but a bandsaw would probably have saved me a lot of swearing) to produce a beautiful piece of furniture.

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