Swing Revitalization

The latest backyard project: Repair a great old yard swing that still had a great frame, but its cushion was rotting apart.

We were prepared to replace the swing, an option that would cost several hundred dollars.  I chewed on the problem for weeks, until I had a minor epiphany.  The following solution should last for years and only cost around $100.

The original swing:


Remove the old cushion:


Build a new wooden frame to sit on the existing frame:


Finish by laying the cross pieces:


Overall, I’m pleased with the results.  I’ll probably seal it with some kind of polyurethane to extend its life.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to enjoy it for quite some time.

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