There's nothing quite like the satisfaction that comes from building something with your own two hands. You know where it came from, you know how it was assembled, and you can depend on it to hold up for years to come.

That's why many people build their own log homes. With your own forested acreage, a durable portable bandsaw mill, and a little friendly guidance, you'll be impressed at just how much you can accomplish.

Once the structure itself is complete, of course, you'll need to truly turn it into a home by handcrafting your own furniture. From a dining table to chairs, a bed, and even shelving, you can skip the big-box stores and simply build it yourself.

There's nothing quite like a front porch swing to make a new log cabin feel like home, both for you and your guests. Use these three tips to build a DIY porch swing you can enjoy proudly.

Start with High-Quality Lumber

More likely than not, you sought out choice timber as you constructed your log cabin. Why did you go to all that effort? Well, because it doesn't make sense to settle for anything less than the best. It's just as true when it comes to building furniture like a front porch swing.

So, before you even start designing your DIY porch swing, hitch up your convertible UTV dump trailer and head out into the woods to find the timber that's right for this project.

If your trailer is well-built with true off road capability, you'll have no trouble navigating even the most rugged terrain in densely wooded areas amid inclement weather.

Keep Your Design Simple

If this is your first porch swing, you don't want to get carried away. You don't need intricate scrollwork to enjoy a comfortable DIY porch swing that's built to last. So, maintain a narrow focus as you come up with your design.

If you'd rather trust something tried-and-true than experiment with your own blueprint, there are plenty of DIY porch swing templates available online.

Don't Cut Corners—Sand Them

As you assemble your porch swing, remember the most important thing about designing and building furniture: It can't just look good—it has to feel good, first and foremost.

Be prepared to go through plenty of sandpaper. You'll want to ensure your boards are smooth to the touch, especially if you're working with rot-resistant cedar and you plan on leaving the wood unfinished. It's tough to enjoy furniture that gives you splinters.

Be sure to round and sand all of your edges and corners, too. This can feel like a time-consuming final step, but it will lend an extra level of comfort to your DIY porch swing, and it's that comfort that will truly help make your new log cabin feel just like home.

About Woodland Mills

Whether you're an independent sawyer, hobbyist woodworker, or a landowner looking to make the most of your forested acreage, you can't afford to shell out for overpriced gear that doesn't deliver the performance you need. That's why Josh Malcolm and Neil Bramley founded Woodland Mills in 2009. By fusing innovative design, cost-effective manufacturing, and direct-to-customer sales, Woodland Mills has grown into a globally recognized industry leader. Woodland Mills isn't just known for its capable, durable lineup of best-valued forestry products. This trusted company also provides world-class customer service. Plus, with over 100,000 square feet of strategically located warehouse and distribution space in North America, Woodland Mills ensures fast and efficient product delivery in key regions. Whether you're looking for your next portable bandsaw mill, wood chipper PTO, or ATV log trailer, don't settle—go beyond with Woodland Mills. 

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