Cypress Porch Glider

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Project by Thepps posted 06-11-2008 05:40 PM 6981 views 23 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a glider that I secretly built for my wife for her birthday. She was really surprised when she saw it on the front porch. It is made entirely of cypress. I searched for a plan but I could not find anything that I like. I finally found a picture of something I had in mind and made some modifications. The arms were made by using bent lamination. I used mortise and tenon joinery for the majority of the construction.

I am not completely finished, as I still need to plug the screw holes in the seat and add an outdoor stain to it. (My wife wants a little more color.)

I bought the glider hardware from Rockler and I am very impressed on how well it works. It glides very smooth and without any effort. I’ve built a glider before with a homemade mechanism, but it didn’t glide nearly as well as this.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#1 posted 06-11-2008 05:57 PM

Beautiful , cypress looks great, I need three, one for each porch, that way I can glide no matter which door i go out

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#2 posted 06-11-2008 08:00 PM

Very nice. It looks nice and comfortable too!

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 06-11-2008 08:24 PM

Excellant job, supurb attention to detail. The arched arms are a very nice touch.

-- When you are at a point in life and you think there is nothing more to learn, then you must understand that you have learned nothing at all. Billy

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#4 posted 06-11-2008 08:31 PM

This is gorgeous! I’d love to make one of these for myself.

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

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#5 posted 06-11-2008 08:44 PM

Very nice glider. Nice design too. mike

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

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#6 posted 06-11-2008 09:14 PM

This project of yours looks great. I have 50 bf stickered, covered and air drying on my back porch for a garden bench out of a recent FWW issue. What kind of adhesive did you use for the joinery? What kind of finish do you plan to use? I also like your glider design. It would be hard for little hand to get into the workings unnoticed. Good job.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#7 posted 06-11-2008 09:41 PM

Excellant job,Nice design

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#8 posted 06-11-2008 10:21 PM

I like your design a lot. The bent arm restsw really give it the custom look.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#9 posted 06-12-2008 02:35 AM

Very well done! Kuddo’s

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#10 posted 06-12-2008 03:45 AM

Great looking glider. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 06-12-2008 04:31 AM

Great bench/glider. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#12 posted 06-12-2008 05:51 AM

That is one great looking bench!! Well done.

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#13 posted 06-12-2008 10:03 AM

That’s a great looking glider! I have never used cypress before.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#14 posted 06-12-2008 04:04 PM


-- WoodChucker, Sherwood Park, Alberta

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#15 posted 06-13-2008 02:07 AM

I like it. Some day I’ll give it go for my wife.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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