Step 5: Cut out the seat

cutting the tree swing to shape
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Using a jigsaw, cut out the seat shape. Halfway through the cut, you’ll need to unclamp the seat, turn it around, and clamp it again before you finish making the whole circle.

If you want your seat to look like a flower, like this one, make a mark ½ inch on either side of each radiating line along the circle’s edge. Then mark each line ½ inch from the edge. Using a jigsaw, cut between these points to shape the curved edges of the petals.

Using a random-orbit sander, smooth away splinters, and round over any sharp edges.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape Measure
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • bar clamps
      Bar clamps
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with 3/16-inch drill bit, 1-inch spade bit, and long -inch spade bit
    • pencil compass
      Compass
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander
    • paintbrush
      2-inch paintbrush
    • artist paintbrush
      Small artist's paintbrush
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • adjustable wrench
      Wrench

    Shopping List

    1. 1x8 oak, maple, or other hardwood board, 4 feet long

    2. ¾-inch polypropylene rope

    3. 120-grit sandpaper

    4. Exterior-grade wood glue

    5. 1¼-inch deck screws6. Exterior latex paint

    7. Carabiner or spring clip

    8. -inch-thick, 10-inch-long stainless-steel or galvanized eyebolt with washer and two nuts

    9. ¾-inch rope thimble