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With work, you can be a swinger this summer

Have a seat, close your eyes and let the gentle swaying of a porch swing unlock the magic of a long summer evening.

A good project for woodworkers of all skill levels, this do-it-yourself porch swing makes it easy for anyone to create a little summer magic. Featuring classic Mission style and comfort, the swing calls for standard dimensional lumber (redwood, mahogany, oak, Douglas fir or teak) and common hardware and requires only basic tools.

The project calls for mostly straight cuts and has full-sized patterns, making it easy to measure and cut. To build the swing, cut the pieces to length and sand smooth. Next, assemble everything with glue and screws. Finally, apply your finish of choice, hang and pour the lemonade.

The porch swing measures 60 inches long, but the length may be adjusted.

The Porch Swing plan, No. 897, is $9.95 and includes directions with photos, patterns and a shopping list and cutting schedule. A package of porch furniture plans, No. C154, is $24.95 and includes this plan plus plans for matching double and single porch rockers. Prices include postage and handling; allow about four weeks for delivery (for first-class postage, add $1 an item up to $3 maximum). Clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, CA 91409. To order by credit card, call toll-free 1-800-828-2453. Visit U-Bild at www.u-bild.com.

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