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Grandma's iron porch swing - A-frame


Hi! Thank you for taking the time to answer questions from bewildered & frustrated people, like me! I inherited my grandma's old iron porch swing - A-Frame. It's been sitting in my back yard for almost 15 years, rusting away, and waiting to be "fixed-up". Every time I have tried searching for information to help me, I have hit dead ends. Somehow I stumbled on your website today, and I finally have some helpful information! I just read your suggestion regarding sand blasting and powder coating, thank you for this, I know where I can go to have this done!

Now I'm hoping you might know where I can find info on recovering the swing once the metal has been made new. I have been searching on-line for many months, but have found nothing. I wish I knew who manufactured this swing. I know it's older than me and I was born in the 40's. Grandma used to be able to purchase swing covers, I hope someone still has them for sale. I know this is a long shot...I hope you can help! Thank you for your time. And kind regards.

Jody Butte
homemaker - Irvine, California, USA

sidebar 2006

A metal finishing site isn't REALLY the proper venue for the question.... but what the heck.

If I'm reading your question correctly, (re-covering rather than recovering), couldn't you get what you need from any furniture re-upholstery shop? That is presuming you were talking about a cushion of some sort.

Jim Gorsich
Accurate Anodizing Inc.
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Compton, California, USA
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My mistake, Jim; I didn't proofread the question before posting it. I glanced at the title, and mention of rust and sandblasting and paint and assumed it was on topic when it actually isn't.

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
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No harm, no foul... Besides, my comment definitely was NOT a critique of finishing.com - with the amount of letters you put up every day it would take someone a heck of a lot more picky than I to take issue! Rather, it was just so the lady asking the question would realize just where she was and keep looking for other resources also.

In a way, it isn't too illogical for an amateur to post such a question here - they're hunting for anyone that can give an answer, and we do do a lot of that! They just fail to pay much attention to the common subject matter... :)

Jim Gorsich
Accurate Anodizing Inc.
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Compton, California, USA
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Thank you for responding to my query. You were thoughtful to do that, since I'm on the wrong website. That's what happens when one "Googles" for information. I got such a great answer to my "antique refinishing" question that I just emailed my "re-covering" question to the address provided. Imagine my surprise when I visited this website (for the first time) to see my letter posted. Thanks again for trying to help! JB

Jody B
Homemaker - Irvine, California, USA

July 29, 2008

I also have an antique metal a-frame swing that came from California. My parents brought it with them when we moved to Nebraska in 1950. It is obviously from the 40's. The problem is that it fell apart when I was a child and some of the parts got thrown away on the farm and I can't quite figure out how it was put together or what is missing. Its possible we have the same swing. What I was thinking is if I can make contact with Jody I can e-mail her pictures of what it looked like in 1951 fully covered and if its the same maybe she can e-mail me a picture of what the bare frame looked like and how it was assembled. Clutching at straws yes but maybe---just maybe.

Joel Zilmer
- Alliance, Nebraska

July 29, 2008

Hi, Joel. I'm reading a book that happens to have this lame joke in it:

A guy's been drinking quite a bit and is looking for the entrance ramp to the freeway, and mistakenly heads up the exit ramp. There are signs that say "Wrong Way", but they don't register and he keeps going. Further up the ramp there's another bigger set across the road that say "Wrong Way! Stop!" which he also fails to notice. Just as he merges onto the freeway is a huge sign, in red, that says "Wrong Way! Turn Around Now or DIE!" and a detector that is ringing claxons and activating flashing lights. But he's oblivious. As he continues, there's a small sign on the shoulder that reads: "Eh, what the hell, you've come this far . . ."

We've already got 7 postings on this thread, so, what the heck, please email me (mooney@finishing.com) the 1951 photos for posting here; that way we won't disenfranchise the other people reading this discussion. Then we'll see if we can find Jody B for her pictures :-)


Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

May 22, 2010

I have a swing my grandparents bought in Washington DC in the 1920's. My husband has sanded it, painted it and replaced the wooden parts.
I remember it having a striped fabric cover with fringe as a child. None of the canopy parts existed when I received it in the 1970's. If anyone has pictures of the swing with the canopy I would appreciate seeing it so that we may try and reproduce it.
My husband has reproduced the swing. We even made a child's version half scale.
If anyone has any info or pictures please post them.
Thank you!

Jean Taylor
- Lucerne Valley, California, USA

July 18, 2011

Have you found pics or info on the swing ?

Patrick P Parsons
upholstery shop - Yakima, Washington

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