Step 3: Attach the seat support

using power tools to build a tree swing
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Glue the 12-inch support board across the seam in the middle of the seat bottom, with the long edges of the board perpendicular to the seam. Clamp the pieces together. Drill eight pilot holes through the support with a 3/16-inch bit. Each long side of the support should have four evenly spaced holes, two on each side of the seam. Attach it to the seat with 1¼-inch screws.
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