By special reader request, easy plans to build an A-Frame for swings or a bench. This would do well to be secured in some way.
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- 5 – 4×4 posts at 8’
- 1 – 2×4 at 8’
- 1 – 2×6 at 4’
- 4 – 4×4 posts at 95-5/8”
- 2 – 2×4 at 40-1/8” – Lower Bracing
- 2 – 2×6 at 14-7/16” – Upper Bracing
- 1 – 4×4 at 82” – Stretcher
Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
Cut the pieces for the legs. Cut the angles as shown – all angles are 18 degrees.
Cut the pieces for the bracing. The angles in the sides of each piece are 18 degrees. Pre-drill the holes in the ends of each piece before positioning on the legs. Use one carriage bolt for each end of the 2×4 pieces and two carriage bolts for each end of the 2×6 pieces. Once the holes in the bracing have been drilled, lay the bracing in position on the legs and drill the holes in the legs. Insert the carriage bolts through the holes in the legs, then through the bracing with a washer at the end and tighten the nut. (The nut on each bolt will face out)
Also, pre-drill the holes through the sides of the legs to secure the stretcher.
Cut the piece for the stretcher. Mark the position for the hanging loops or other hardware and pre-drill the holes. Mark the position of the holes for the legs and pre-drill the holes. It will be easier to lay the legs on one side, position the stretcher (1-1/2” will overlap each edge and rest on the upper bracing) then insert the carriage bolts, washer and nut. Use a hammer to flatten the end of each bolt so that the nut won’t fall off if it comes loose. Use a helper to move the stand upright.
If desired, drill holes at an angle in the bottom of each leg and hammer a piece of rebar through the holes into the ground for added security.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School