Do-it-yourselfers looking for a nice place to relax after a busy day might find it in this easy-to-build hanging loveseat. It combines the always-popular country look with the porch swing, long a favorite for comfort and conversation. Its armrests have cutouts for holding cold drinks, and its bench seat is sized to hold standard cushions.
The hanging loveseat project calls for standard redwood lumber (2-by4’s, 1-by-6’s and 2-by-6’s), along with hardware, straight-link chain, dowel pins and glue. Redwood was chosen not only for its beauty but also because it holds up well outdoors and resists decay.
This project is great for novices. Except for the heart designs, seat back and armrests, all the cuts are straight. After the pieces are cut, the loveseat is assembled with wood screws and nails, then suspended from the frame of a porch or patio or from a strong tree.
The hanging loveseat measures approximately 52 inches long by 23 inches deep. The seat back is 26-plus inches tall.
The Hanging Loveseat plan, No. 780, is $6.50 and includes complete step-by-step directions with 15 inprogress photos, full-size traceable patterns (for the heart designs, seat back and armrests), exploded diagrams and a shopping list and cutting schedule.
Another porch swing plan, No. 288, is available for $6.50. It also requires mostly straight cuts (due to its horizontal slat design) and makes a good project for beginners.
A catalog picturing hundreds of other do-it-yourself projects, many for spring and summer, is $3.95. Prices include sales tax, postage and handling.
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