Porch Glider #10: Schwing

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Blog entry by Jimi_C posted 04-15-2012 03:23 PM 10796 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finished drilling the holes in the seat ends and in the base, and assembled the swing arms to see how it works. Amazingly, it swings very well and is very level with the base (one rear corner is 1/32” higher than the other 3 – I’ll call that level).

Here’s a quick video to show how well (and quietly) it swings. You can hear me stepping on hand plane shavings very clearly but the glider makes zero noise (I haven’t even WD-40’d the bearings).

Still working on the arm rests, but once those go on this project is almost completely done beyond touch ups, finish sanding, and a nice outdoor oil finish.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#1 posted 04-15-2012 04:28 PM

That’s a great looking Glider.

Your own design or is there a pattern available?

Nicely done. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 04-15-2012 04:31 PM

Don’t wd-40 the bearings. Use something like 3 in 1 oil that can be dripped in. WD is predominantly kerosene which is a cleaner but not much of a lubricant.

-- A posse ad esse

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#3 posted 04-15-2012 05:25 PM

@Len – it’s a bought plan, originally I think from Wood Magazine but available through just about everyone of the major retailers (Woodcraft, Peachtree, not sure about Rockler). Here's the link to Woodcraft's.

@derosa: Thanks for the tip. They’re actually SAE 841/Oilite bearings, which according to McMaster/Carr are porous bronze alloy “impregnated with roughly 19% SAE 30 oil. The oil reduces wear as well as required maintenance.” So I’m not sure if I even need to lube them but if I did I probably would use Boeshield instead of WD40.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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wild bill franklin

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#4 posted 04-15-2012 06:03 PM

Hey nice glider, I made one just like it out of old used pallets . looks almost like mine!! Great job!!

-- wild bill, Stapleton, Al

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#5 posted 04-16-2012 08:32 AM

Excellent glider, thanks

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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