How to Build a Porch Swing

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People who want to experience the joy of having a porch swing can do so using this complete step-by-step guide. The instructions are great for people who want to craft their own timeless porch swing over the course of a weekend. Naturally, such a project will require some preparation in terms of materials and tools.

Making a Porch Swing

The tools and materials necessary to make a porch swing include a circular saw, drill with bits and screwdriver attachment, jigsaw, tape measure, square, pencil, power sander, hacksaw, and an adjustable wrench. Additionally, a table saw will come in handy. Here is a list of the materials required:

  • 1/2″ galvanized pipe, 51″ long (no threads)
  • 1/2″ galvanized pipe, 56″ long
  • 2 lb. box of 1-1/4″ galvanized deck screws
  • 2 lb. box of 1-5/8″ galvanized deck screws
  • 2- 3/8” eye screw, 4” long
  • 20-ft. of 3/16″ welded zinc-plated chain
  • 3 pieces of 1×4 x 8′ boards (poplar)
  • 4 oz. of construction adhesive
  • 7 pieces of 1×6 x 8′ boards (poplar)
  • 8 pieces of 2-1/4″ quick-link eyes

The suspension system employs standard half-inch black steel pipes, often used for gas piping, to serve as a cradle, alleviating strain on wooden joints. To secure the setup, eye bolts are fastened through the steel pipes and covered with protective rubber caps to prevent damage. The welded steel chain provides robust support, securely fastened to the porch roof’s solid framing.

Choosing the Right Wood Is Vital

When it comes to choosing the wood for your project, stay clear of cedar, redwood, and soft pine, as they are prone to damage and do not hold screws securely.

Instead, opt for fir, Southern yellow pine, cypress, poplar, white oak, or maple. For first-timers, poplar is an excellent choice, given its strength, accessibility, ease of manipulation, and suitability for painting.

How to Get Started

Cut all the parts, making eight 1x3s by ripping 1×6 boards to 2-11/16-inch width. Shape the seat and back slats as needed. Draw and cut curved shapes using a jigsaw and sand the edges. Notch the front arm supports for the front stringer, fastening them with deck screws.

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Attach the rear stringer to the seat and front arm braces. Secure the back slats using temporary spacers to ensure even alignment. Trace and cut the top curves on the back assembly using a homemade compass. Join the back and seat assemblies by gluing, clamping, and screwing them together. Fit the steel pipes into their respective holes and secure them with screws for stability.

Finishing it Off

Smooth any uneven surfaces with an orbital sander, sanding the entire swing with 150-grit sandpaper. Apply your choice of exterior coating, stain, or paint to protect the swing from the elements.

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To install the porch swing, hang it securely using quick-link eyes to connect the chain lengths. The swing should slightly tilt back at the arms, approximately one inch from back to front, when at rest. Affix a treated 2×4 into solid framing to support each chain, using four-inch lag screws that span at least three ceiling joists on your porch or permanent gazebo.

The Pokemon Company Introduces New Merch – 5 Plush Toys

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The Pokemon Company has recently unveiled several new designs for plush toys featuring the three starters and two legendary Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. The five new toys of Koraidon, Miraidon, Fuecoco, Sprigatito, and Quaxly are available in Pokemon Centers in Japan, both physically and online.

Pokemon Marketing at Its Best!

With advertisements and collaboration announcements, The Pokemon Company’s marketing campaigns are currently in full swing. The company has already announced that there would be celebratory events in other titles, such as Pokemon Unite and Splatoon 3’s Splatfest, while massive marketing campaigns, such as 3D billboards in Tokyo, emphasize the game’s three starter Pokemon. It’s not surprising that new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet-themed toys will be available to the public on the day of their release.

The Scarlet and Violet plush toys have been available since November 18, 2022. The Gen nine starter plushies for Fuecoco, Quaxly, and Sprigatito are reportedly life-sized, although the website has not yet provided official measurements. These are also distinct from those sold by the Pokemon Center in North America in August 2022. The Scarlet and Violet Pokemon starter plush toys cost approximately ¥5,500, or $40, exclusive of shipping costs.

The Koraidon and Miraidon Plushies

As for the legendary Pokemon Koraidon and Miraidon, Japanese fans can purchase them at the Pokemon Center closest to them, via the online store, or on Amazon Japan. Also priced at ¥5,500, or $40 each. Fans will have to wait for additional information from the Pokemon Company regarding the dimensions of the stuffed toys. Because these items are only available in Japan, fans who want to purchase these plushies may have to wait until they are available internationally or use a proxy shopping service.

The Koraidon and Miraidon Plushies

These Pokemon Scarlet and Violet plush toys will likely increase community enthusiasm for the game’s release. As with most official merchandise in Japan, these are likely to sell out upon release. Hopefully, some fans will still be able to obtain these adorable plush versions of the starter and legendary Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.