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Cypress Moon Wooden Rockers Donated to Orphanage in Uganda

We were recently contacted by Boy Scout Troop 366 in Annapolis, MD.  They were wanting to purchase a couple of our wooden rocking benches to donate to an orphanage in Uganda.  Below are some of the photos we received.  Cypress Moon wants to thank these young men for allowing us to play a small roll in their beautiful act of kindness!

Cypress Moon Swings-Uganda Orphanage 1

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Cypress Moon Swings-Uganda Orphanage 3

 

 

How To Install A Porch Swing

How To Hang A Porch Swing From Ceiling

When hanging porch swings, make sure that the support beam or joists in your ceiling will support the weight of the porch swing and its occupants. If you’re unsure of your ceiling’s strength, have an experienced carpenter check it out. Once you’re sure, drill pilot holes to prevent wood splitting, screw eye-bolts or large hooks into an overhead support beam, and hang your chains.

Leave a minimum of 2.5 feet behind the swing for ample swinging room. Three feet or more is even better. Position the swing chains an inch or two outside the swing length to efficiently disperse the weight. For example, when hanging a 5-foot swing, position the ceiling chain hooks about 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 4 inches apart.
If you’re using our comfort springs for extra bounce and smooth swinging, they hang (either side up) between the hanging hooks and the swing chains.

How To Hang A Porch Swing From A Tree Limb

Wimpy tree limbs won’t support a porch swing. Choose a strong, sturdy limb when hanging your swing. Protect the limb from abrasion by padding the hanging chains with a rubber hose. Then fasten the chains around the limb with a heavy, rust-resistant bolt, remembering to add an inch or two to the swing length when positioning the chains. Keep your tree happy: never use hooks to attach a chain directly to a tree limb.

How to hang a porch swing from an A-Frame

If you discover that your ceiling can’t sustain the weight of your patio swing and you don’t have a sturdy tree limb to hang it from, you might try a free-standing A-frame swing package. They come with a stand for convenient placement anywhere on the lawn, in the garden, or on a large porch or patio surface.

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To read more about how to install a porch swing, visit us @ Cypress Moon Porch Swings!

Free Shipping on all Porch Swings!

Cypress Moon is a family-owned & operated business that has been building Porch Swings for 24 years! We currently sell 7 different models to choose from, each hand crafted here in America from durable cypress.  Our Patio Swings are heavily constructed, finished sanded, feature rust-proof hardware and include hanging chains.  If that wasn’t enough, ALL porch swings include FREE SHIPPING!

We thank you very much for considering Cypress Moon when shopping for outdoor furniture.  Be sure to also check out our other items, like our Outdoor Gliders, Garden Benches and Rocking Chairs!  Just like our swings, all of our furniture also includes FREE SHIPPING!

Patio Swings

Cypress Moon Porch Swing

Outdoor Gliders

Porch Gliders

Cypress Moon Outdoor Glider - Made in the USA!

If you are looking for a more stationary piece of outdoor furniture instead of a porch swing, these Cypress Moon Outdoor Gliders offer the perfect alternative. Their easy glide system provide a comforting motion that will induce hours of natural stress relief. Handbuilt from weather-resistant cypress, these wooden gliders feature a rolled front & back, as well as a contoured seat for supreme comfort. Our Porch Gliders are heavily constructed with sanded, routered slats measuring 1 inch thick and 1 3/4 inches wide.  Few porch gliders are built with this kind of quality!  As with all Cypress Moon Furniture, price includes FREE SHIPPING!

  • Made in America!  
  • Rolled front and back
  • Contoured seat for supreme comfort
  • Available unfinished or your finish choice of 8 color STAINS
  • Easy assembly
  • Constructed with galvanized and zinc plated hardware (no rust!)
  • Available in 2ft – 5 ft widths!

In addition to our Gliders, Cypress Moon also offers beautiful handmade Porch Swings, as well as other Outdoor Furniture.   Visit us @ www.CypressMoonPorchSwings.com!

Things To Consider When Buying Porch Swings

Things To Consider When Buying Porch Swings

 

Well, Autumn is finally upon us and that means cooler temperatures which are ideal for front porch swinging!  Therefore, we’ve put together a list of helpful tips to consider before you purchase a Porch Swing for your outdoor enjoyment.

WOOD TYPE Obviously, this is the biggest factor to consider because the type of material used to build your porch swing will determine its looks, strength and longevity. It is a fact that certain species of wood are better suited for outdoor use than others. The following are some wood types to consider if your chairs are going to sit outside, and some to avoid:

Wood types to consider. Ash, Western Red Cedar, Cypress, Redwood and treated Pine are probably the most practical. Western Red Cedar is the least dense of these woods, so be sure to look for at least 1″ board thickness if you are considering a cedar chair. Treated pine is an affordable alternative, however pine boards have a tendency to warp over time, and there has been controversy over the years regarding the chemicals used to treat them. CCA (copper chromium arsenic) was used for years to treat pine until it was replaced by ACQ, a preservative which does not contain chromium or arsenic, which studies have suggested to be hazardous.

Teak and Ipe are exotic hardwoods which perform well in outdoor applications, however they are expensive. They are also heavy woods which can make shipping costs a factor to consider.

We use Cypress for our products. Cypress is the only species that contains cypressine, a chemical found in Cypress that naturally protects it from decay and insects. Cypress is a medium-density, straight-grained wood that is resistant to warping, works easily and accepts paints and stains exceptionally well.

Wood types to avoid. Untreated yellow Pine, whitewood, Poplar, and certain species of Oak all have a tendency to decay when exposed to the elements. Unless you are purchasing your chair for indoor use, it would be best to avoid these species.

TIP: Also avoid any patio swings that do not specify the wood type, i.e., “This swing is made from solid wood.” If the website or manufacturer won’t specify the wood type, more than likely it is NOT made from a species suited for outdoor use. We’ve found that swings which do not specify wood type are usually made from the least expensive materials available to achieve the lowest price points.

WOOD THICKNESS Our experience has shown that outdoor swings made from wood at least 3/4″ thick performs the best in terms of support, appearance and longevity. Try to avoid swings made of 1/2″ material as the seating surfaces will bow (and sometimes fail) over time.

FASTENERS The first choice is stainless steel, especially in coastal environments. Stainless steel will last the longest with no signs of discoloration or red rust. Dacrotized screws undergo a process (similar to galvanization) which produces a finish highly resistant to rust and corrosion as well. Galvanized fasteners perform well, however over time the galvanized finish can chip off. Brass is also a good option. Fasteners to avoid? Stay away from zinc-plated or hardened steel screws. These fasteners are not suited for outdoor use and will shows signs of corrosion after a short time period.

FINISHES This is the part of shopping for a porch swing which you will probably find the least amount of data in the swing’s specifications. For paints we like acrylic latex gloss. Acrylic paints are flexible; they allow the wood to expand and contract through temperature and seaonal changes without cracking. Oil-based finishes will become more brittle over time and crack as the wood moves. The paint should be suited for exterior use, and we prefer a gloss finish simply because it’s easier to clean.

For stains, try to find out if the finish contains water, mildew, uv and insect protection (like a waterseal), or if the finish is merely a stain. Having the features of a waterseal is only to your advantage and will increase the life of the chair. It is important to mention that even if the stain contains uv inhibitors, the wood underneath the stain will turn gray over time, which will change the appearance of the chair. This often provides a unique appearance which many find appealling, and the graying of the wood underneath will not effect it’s structural integrity if the wood is suited for outdoor use.

How long should paints and stains last? About as long as a good paint job on a house, and longer if the piece is out of direct exposure to the elements, such as under a porch or awning.

WHERE IS IT MADE? American consumers utilize many fantastic products each day that are manufactured overseas. Imported products are usually of high quality and are oftentimes affordably priced.

HOWEVER, we should not forget that purchasing American-made products do in fact support the lives and families of our fellow Americans. American furniture is usually made by small companies throughout the country, many with a unique story to tell. These small companies symbolize American capitalism and entrepreneurship which are the backbone of this great land of ours.

To see our collection of American-made Porch Swings, visit our website – http://www.CypressMoonPorchSwings.com.

Thank you!

Wooden Porch Swings – Types of

Outdoor Furniture (including porch swings) can be constructed from various styles of wood.  Some are exotic, while others are grown and harvested here in North America.  Some are expensive, while others are much cheaper in price.  However, the most important characteristic of these wood types should be their durability.  After all, your outdoor furniture will be exposed to the environmental elements.  Here’s a list of the types of wood used in building outdoor furniture.

• Alder
• Ash
• Aspen
• Cedar
• Cypress
• Eucalyptus
• Ipe
• Jarrah
• Mahogany
• Oak
• Pine
• Poplar
• Redwood
• Roble
• Shorea
• Teak
• Willow
• Wicker

Ash, Western Red Cedar, Cypress, Redwood and Pine (treated) are probably the most practical to use when constructing a porch swing.

Treated pine is an affordable alternative, however pine boards have a tendency to warp over time, and there has been controversy over the years regarding the chemicals used to treat them.  CCA (copper chromium arsenic) was used for years to treat pine until it was replaced by ACQ, a preservative which does not contain chromium or arsenic, which studies have suggested to be hazardous.

Teak is an exotic hardwood which performs well in outdoor applications, however it is expensive.  They are also heavy woods which can make shipping costs a factor to consider.  In addition, purchasing teak products is NOT considered to be environmentally friendly.

We use Cypress for our products! Cypress is the only species that contains cypressine, a chemical found in Cypress that naturally protects it from decay and insects.  Cypress is a medium-density, straight-grained wood that is resistant to warping, works easily and accepts paints and stains exceptionally well.  Read more about cypress wood.

WOOD TYPES TO AVOID:  Untreated yellow Pine, whitewood, Poplar, and certain species of Oak all have a tendency to decay when exposed to the elements.

Visit Cypress Moon and browse all of our Wooden Porch Swings!

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The End of Summer

This week will bring the first day of September and hopefully cooler temperatures.  Here in the South it can get almost too hot in August to enjoy being outside on your porch swing.  We usually see our slowest times here at Cypress Moon during the latter part of summer.  However, once fall starts approaching and the temperatures start cooling off, more people want to get outside!

Once the heat breaks and you are able to enjoy the outdoors again, please consider Cypress Moon for accenting your patio with any of our patio swings or other outdoor furniture. Cypress Moon features beautiful, cypress furniture that is handmade in Louisiana. Our famous Porch Swings are available in many different models, including: The Classic Porch Swing, Rollback Porch Swing, Flip-down Console Porch Swing, Decorative Porch Swing, Swing Chair, Swing Beds and Engraved Porch Swings.

Thank you!

Cypress Moon