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Glider Porch Swing

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Project by Warner posted 07-24-2015 06:44 PM 2088 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Glider Porch Swing I designed and built. Used cedar I bought at a local lumberyard along with some maple scraps I picked up at a local woodworker’s shop. Unfortunately I didn’t really know what I was doing finishing it. Some of the finish is coming off and water has gotten into the wood and caused black streaks in the maple so I’ll have to refinish it this fall.

-- Flint Hills, Kansas





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stefang

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#1 posted 07-24-2015 06:52 PM

Nice work. I love the way you did the contrasting woods on the seat.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Warner

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#2 posted 07-24-2015 08:02 PM

Thanks Mike! That was the result of an accident. I decided to make it longer than I originally planned but had already cut the cedar slats. In the end it turned out better than what I had planned.

-- Flint Hills, Kansas

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 07-25-2015 12:06 AM

I really like the looks of that glider! I need to build two of those but not sure about the hardware/mechanism. Any tips or suggestions?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Warner

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#4 posted 07-25-2015 01:39 AM

gfadvm, I used gliders from Rockler for it. I had to take the bushings that hold the ball bearings out and reverse them though because I didn’t use the gliders like they were intended so the bushings were being pulled out of the bar. Once I did that they worked great. I don’t like the look of most glider porch swings and I wanted this to look more like a typical porch swing than they usually do. I’ll try to take a couple more detail shots and post them.

-- Flint Hills, Kansas

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 07-25-2015 01:43 AM

Thanks Warner. I’m not too mechanically inclined. I like the look of yours better than the ‘open base’ on most I’ve seen.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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MarkTheFiddler

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#6 posted 07-25-2015 04:37 AM

What a fantastic design! Very well done.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Warner

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#7 posted 07-25-2015 05:03 AM

Thanks Mark!

-- Flint Hills, Kansas

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majuvla

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#8 posted 07-25-2015 11:32 AM

Excellent design! I like those small maple parts.I bet it’s very comfortable.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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luv2learn

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#9 posted 07-25-2015 11:40 PM

Nicely done, this is a project you can be proud of.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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htl

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#10 posted 07-26-2015 02:58 AM

Something just a little different to set it apart.
Really nice work.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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xraydav

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#11 posted 07-26-2015 05:34 PM

Love this ! Grew up with a glider on our screen porch and spent many nights as a kid sleeping on it. It will bring your family lots of great memories for sure!

-- David, Norwood Mass, xraydav@aol.com

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ohwoodeye

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#12 posted 07-28-2015 01:57 PM

Looks good.
Is there a finger pinch point between the arm and the sides or does it maintain that 3” gap as it glides?
Not much you can do to protect that maple…....it is just not a good outdoor wood. Coat it as many times as you want and it is still going to be a problem.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 07-28-2015 02:03 PM

This is a very nice project and really looks comfortable.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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