With more and more people seeking a greener and more natural way of living, a return to using wood in the home is becoming a growing trend. Dulux is inspired by the renewable, durable and long-lasting qualities of wood, which is why its range of Woodgard products has been designed to protect wood from water, sunlight, insects, mould, decay and physical damage.
a) What material is needed to build an outdoor swing?
- 32mm x 144mm x 700mm Pine board - 100% Natural Fibre Eco Rope 12mm x 15m - Sanding Block - Course and Fine grit Sanding Paper - 10mm Chain Links (x2) - Measuring Tape - Drill - Carpenters Square - Bi-Metal Hole Saw Arbor - Bi-Metal Hole Saw (14mm) - 38mm Paint brush (to apply Dulux Woodgard)
b) What is the first step?
Mark and saw the wood. Bevel the top edges of the seat area with sandpaper to prevent the wood from cutting into your thighs.
Locate and drill the 14mm holes about 40mm from the outside edges and 25mm from the front and back sides.
c) What rope do I need to use?
Natural fibre or Nylon of at least 12mm. Use two pieces of 1m rope to attach to the seat and end off with Stopper Knotat the bottom of the seat. Use your spirit level before tying the second knot to ensure the seat is level.
d) How do we assemble the swing?
Install a 10mm chain link on each of the seat rope loops.
When tying the rope to the tree make sure the seat is about 50-60mm off the ground.
Tie the rope hanging from the tree limb to the chain link with a Buntline Hitch.
To tie the swing to the tree, use the appropriate length of rope and tie the rope to the tree branch using a slipknot or Running Bowling.
e) How can I ensure that the swing will look good for years to come?
Dulux Woodgard prolongs the life of your wood by protecting it from the outdoor elements like sunlight and rain. Adding double the life expectancy to the wood in and around your house.