Porch Glider problem -- short range of motion

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Forum topic by dpjeansonne posted 03-05-2011 07:02 AM 3057 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2011 07:02 AM

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I recently completed my first glider. I patterened it from a porch swing that I have been making for awhile. To turn it into a glider I purchased some 7.5 inch metal glides specifically for gliders from Rockler. I used some features from glider patterns in magazines and adapted to my swing. The glides are mounted vertical and are about 19” apart. The glider works smooth but the back-and-forth motion only has about 3 – 4 inches of travel. This makes it jerky and not a realtively long smooth gliding motion.

Does anyone have suggestions on what to set or change on the metal glide locations or spacing, etc.?

-- Cajun Don, Louisiana

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 03:28 PM

The only one I made, I made about 20 years back and I just made the swinging/glider action myself of wood. It gave me plenty of swing. I just made two wooden strips of oak about 1 1/2” square and mounted them to each end of the seat and to the stand ends with lag screws that I did not tighten all the way allowing it to actualy swing, not glide. Feels the same as a true glider though, when used.

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#2 posted 03-16-2011 04:11 PM

I think you would get a longer stroke with longer gliders. I don’t think there is any thing you can do to get a longer stroke with short gliders.

-- Mike, Ohio

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#3 posted 03-16-2011 05:34 PM

I saw two other gliders that had the same 7 1/2” glide bars and they worked very well. I measured the bolt patterns to see what was different and they were not hung vertical as the package instructions said. Both had the bottom connect points closer in that the upper ones (3” on one and 2.5” on the other).
I even built a mockup and could not see the difference in mine but decided to make a 2” modification on the actual glider itself temporarily. It WORKED! I then relocted the bolts and everything was smooth.

I can’t explain it on paper but it is hard to argue with success. A 2” – 3” offset makes all the difference.

-- Cajun Don, Louisiana

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#4 posted 02-09-2016 07:05 PM

Well, I did the same thing dpjean did with placing the brackets, and MAN O MAN it worked. My first glider glid not so well- my second glider glides excellent. Nice travel. I only moved my lower brackets 2-1/4 inches closer together than than the uppers are.

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#5 posted 02-09-2016 10:15 PM

I am glad that this post helped you.
This is what makes these forums so great—someone may have solved your problem.


-- Cajun Don, Louisiana

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