Cedar Glider

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Project by Derrek LeRouax posted 06-10-2009 02:06 PM 2679 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For those who read my blog regarding my tribute to my grandfather, this is the completed glider.

Native Texas cedar. All fastners are brass (except glider brackets & associated hardware). Finished with three coats of Spar Polyurethane, and topped off with a coat of Johnson’s Finishing Wax. The finishing wax almost makes it to slick, as my beer has a hard time staying on the armrest.

Hope you like. Critisism is welcomed, as this is my first “large” “furniture” project to be completed. I use those terms loosly b/c I have seen the real furniture posted on this site and this doesn’t hold a candle…


-- Derrek L.

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#1 posted 06-10-2009 02:53 PM

Don’t be so modest Derrek. It’s a great piece anyone would be proud of. Nice job. Looking forward to more.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-10-2009 03:13 PM


Wonderful piece of furniture. The Cedar is a beautiful color. I think you did very well.

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#3 posted 06-10-2009 03:52 PM

Hey Darrek
Very nice Glider.Very good build well done.


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#4 posted 06-10-2009 04:40 PM

Nice work!

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#5 posted 06-10-2009 05:06 PM

great job, looks really good, and the proper method to handle beer is to be in the hand,and near the lips.

-- Smitty!!!

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#6 posted 06-10-2009 05:15 PM

Beautiful glider! If you drink the beer while it’s still cold, you won’t have to worry about it slipping :) Or you can always add a table with a raised platform just for the beer -old stainless steel shaker with some ice, you’re beer should sit in it just fine!

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#7 posted 06-10-2009 05:24 PM

I’ve got a spot for it in my back yard!

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

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#8 posted 06-10-2009 08:10 PM

Beautiful job and wonderful tribute…............

I love this design and the cedar is perfect, wonderful finish.

If you wouldn’t mind sharing, where did you get the plans?
I may follow in your footsteps, except this would be for my Dad who is 87 this year.
He would love one on hid front porch.

Thanks for posting and sharing your story….....

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#9 posted 06-10-2009 11:56 PM

I saw this and was going to say what a nice glider that was. Now I’ll say, that’s a GREAT glider!. Thanks for the story…...............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 06-11-2009 12:05 AM

From one Texan to another-
Wow, what a great job. The glider is superb.
One question tho- Do you think the cedar will hold up to normal wear and tear?

I ask, because I have some folks hinting at some adirondack chairs, and have a choice of using cedar or hickory and am debating the issue.

thanks for posting

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Dan'um Style

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#11 posted 06-11-2009 04:22 AM

very pretty … really grabs the eye

well done

welcome tolj’s

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Derrek LeRouax

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#12 posted 06-11-2009 01:35 PM

Thanks for all the great comments!

Gene @ Majestic Eagle – The plans are from an old issue of wood magazine. I think you still find the plans on thier website as well. I tweaked it a little bit, but 90% of it can be found there.

Dave In Texas – HOWDY! Glad to see another Texan here. As for the cedar, I have not been around long enough to have a “time tested” piece to point saying that cedar lasts, however my grandfather has about 8. Porch swings, rockers, chairs, planter boxes, etc… and everyone of them has last 10+ years. Obviously there is some TLC involved with re-finishing, but for the most part pretty care-free. I’m down south of Houston, so I am more concerned with humidity that sun, but I figure if three coats of Poly can’t protect it, then nothing will.

Thanks again for all the words of encouragement. Becasue of this website, I am now ready to get in completely over my head, and ruin many pieces of wood in search of that perfect project!!

PS – Solved the beer problem. NEW KOOZIE!!!

-- Derrek L.

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#13 posted 06-11-2009 05:16 PM

Tks Derrek, I’ll see if I can find it there…............ keep up the good work

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#14 posted 06-11-2009 08:59 PM

Derrek, you solved your sliding problem with your new koozie, the only time you have a problem with beer is if you spill it or you run out. lol

-- Smitty!!!

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#15 posted 06-13-2009 07:14 AM

it awesome work thanks for the great pictures.

-- "Well done is better than well said"

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