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Project by CapnRon posted 06-03-2007 05:54 PM 2125 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So the Wife wanted a Glider for Mothers Day, definatly something I could do. Looked around for some plans and hardware. Found a few but didn’t like the looks, so I found a hanging bench design I liked and modified it into a glider. (rockler had these new rotohinges available) , wow I thought, I can modify the angle and the lenght of travel with these. Anyway constructed everything out to pressure treated (doens’t take tiebond III well) Bult stands to hang bench from, mortised and tennond all joints in stands (lots of movement) alinged all the rotohinges equally on either side and guess what… Its stuck. One thing that I forgot to account for is now I have three sepreate pieces which can move indpendantly causing one side to rack out and the other to rack in, now I’m just grinding wood aginst wood. I do have some idea to fix it but I”m open to suggestions.

-- ~Capn Ron, workin wood is a way of life...

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#1 posted 06-03-2007 07:20 PM

It looks great! I think I’d have to look at it in person to help out suggesting a fix for the problem, though. Be persistent!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 06-03-2007 10:56 PM

I would try putting strecthers between the feet to make it just wide enough not to rub and keep it stable. Not sure about the racking side to side but I will think about it. It look great though.

-- A man who moves mountains starts one stone at a time.

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#3 posted 06-04-2007 12:34 AM

Nice looking glider. Have you thought of tying the two arms that attach the bench to the side arms together? I agree with Charlie that without seeing what it is doing that this is like throwing darts in the dark. Good luck on coming up with a fix. Let us know what you do to correct the problem. Thanks.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 06-04-2007 03:48 AM

Wow, it was a great idea anyway! I was going to make my mom a bench for her garden, but a glider is a much better idea! Let us know if you get the “grind” out of it! As for advice, I’ve got nothing.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 06-04-2007 03:00 PM

no answers here… but lots of praise. This is beautiful! What a lovely addition to a backyard sanctuary :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 06-04-2007 06:19 PM

Great looking bench, I agree with Mark O. you need to keep it from wracking and to do that you need to stablize it, by running either diagonals or tying the sides to each other in the back and bottom maybe. My thoughts without seeing it. jockmike.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 06-04-2007 06:52 PM

A lap joint brace across the front of the front legs (touching the base) and across the back of the back legs. If you cut the lap joints slightly off (just a hair) in order to make the legs open slightly at the top it should help with both the racking and scraping. You may need another brace at the top of the rear legs.

The difficulty is the swing of the bench could hit some of the braces. You might try changing the locations of the hanging swing arms to be shorter and hang straight down. That would give you more room to work with without affecting the swing much…actually looking at the way the hanging swing arms are…does it even swing at all? I would think they would have to hang straight down to make for an easy swing motion. The way they are now they are in opposition to one another.

It’s a nice bench…I think a few changes will make it work.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 06-04-2007 10:31 PM

No additional suggestion to fix the grind. Great looking bench! It is interesting that we learn something on every project!


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#9 posted 08-01-2007 10:34 PM

Lots of suggestions, any update on the fix? It looks really nice, love the name.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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