First Glider

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Project by John Ruggles posted 06-26-2008 08:24 AM 1396 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK everyone! I finally have a project to post for every one to see. This glider was originally supposed to be a Christmas present for my mother-in-law and father-in-law, but it ended up being an Easter present instead, due to health reasons. First the glider is made from pine. Most of the pieces are ripped from 2×4’s, 2×6’s, & 1×4’s. I made the glider an extra 1’ long and instead of using normal glider hardware, I used chains & eyebolts to get a little more swing action. I also cut out cup holders in each armrest. The glider is stained with Cabots Deck Stain in a redwood color. My wife Tammie, picked the color and I chose Cabots for its moisture resisting qualities. Being in southern Louisiana, with the humidity as high as it usually is, this is pretty important. My wife picked out the cushions and pillows to make the glider a little more comfortable. According to what my in-laws tell me, they have gotten a lot of compliments on the glider and my nephew & his wife have already requested a glider just like this one as a house warming gift. Anyway, I really enjoyed building it and I certainly learned a lot. I made a lot of mistakes but I can honestly say that each one was a learning experience. I am open to any critisims, ideas, or whatever somebody wants to throw out there, as I am still learning. Good woodworking to everyone!!!

-- JCRug, Prairieville, Louisiana

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#1 posted 06-26-2008 02:38 PM

It looks really nice, but I wish your photos were a bit bigger.

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 06-26-2008 03:05 PM

Hi John;

My only advice is keep doing what you’re doing. Those mistakes you mentioned are the best teachers, or at least the most memorable.

Cabinetmaking and woodworking boils down to the fine art of fixing boo boo’s.

Enjoy you hobby!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 06-26-2008 05:00 PM

This is really cool…I like the fact that you played with the design and created your own hardware…one question…i notice the ends are really high…(not knowing anything about this) question is could they be shorter or would that upset the balance/sturdiness???

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 06-26-2008 05:07 PM

It looks very inviting.

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#5 posted 06-26-2008 06:39 PM

Yes as rikkor says, very inviting. Nice piece. I love these gliders, we are finishing a deck that we are building and this is a nice idea. Thanks for sharing!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#6 posted 06-27-2008 06:36 AM

Great looking glider. Like Lee said and I’ve heard some great carpenters say the same thing, what makes a good builder great is learning to fix or hide the mistakes.

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

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#7 posted 06-28-2008 12:10 AM

Hi Everbody, Sorry it tok so long to answer but I am on the road visiting family. Thanks for all the great comments. Napaman, to answer your question, the ends that look so high are so that there is more room for adjustmentin height. My mother-in-law is 5’ tall and my father-in-law is 6’3” tall so I was trying to accomodate both of them, but it could be made shorter. Gotta go.

-- JCRug, Prairieville, Louisiana

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#8 posted 07-09-2008 07:26 AM

ok..thanks john!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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