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Travis

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04-17-2019 03:16 PM

Anyone built a porch glider bench and can recommend some plans? I’ve looked online and found a few for purchase from Woodcraft and Wood Magazine. I anticipate needing to purchase the plans in order get something worth building, so would love some reviews or feedback from anyone who has done this. I’m still fairly new to woodworking so simplicity is appreciated. That said, I have some pride and so would prefer to not do a project riddled with pocket holes and constructed from 2×4’s (e.g., Ana White).

On the other hand, Sam’s Club sells this 4' glider made from teak for $249 which probably rivals in cost anything I could build from something like cedar, certainly white oak. This might be something that is better to just purchase.

-- Extra screws left over are just evidence I found a better way to put it together.


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Lazyman

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#1 posted 04-17-2019 04:34 PM

BTW, I was at my local Woodcraft yesterday and I noticed that they had their glider hardware on their sale end cap ( I didn’t notice the price) by the cash register. I don’t know if that is a local special or all Woodcrafts but it would probably work with their set of plans.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 04-17-2019 05:10 PM

Hey, now we are hearing from a WoodWorker. I would rather build it myself. Go look back at that Teak set, probably 1/2 inch and less supports. brass screws but not very many or very large. Take some photos and you will reinforce why you are building. I like Woodsmith plans. Usually sturdy, not high price tools, clear on lumber layout. So this may take a moment of research and not walk into the store but better. I built their adirondack chairs, less slope better seating, solid construction ideas and in pine mine lasted 20 years. a few minutes of shopping will pay off. HD and Lowes have books also and so does Barnes with plans. This project will be a good skill builder, slats, frame strength, some half lap joints. Can’t wait to see it posted…whenever.

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Travis

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#3 posted 04-17-2019 06:02 PM



BTW, I was at my local Woodcraft yesterday and I noticed that they had their glider hardware on their sale end cap ( I didn t notice the price) by the cash register. I don t know if that is a local special or all Woodcrafts but it would probably work with their set of plans.

- Lazyman

I believe I saw them discounted online when I was looking at plans. I’m not ready to build quite yet, but probably worth picking them up anyway, you know, since they’re on sale…. :)

-- Extra screws left over are just evidence I found a better way to put it together.

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Travis

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#4 posted 04-17-2019 06:07 PM



Hey, now we are hearing from a WoodWorker. I would rather build it myself. Go look back at that Teak set, probably 1/2 inch and less supports. brass screws but not very many or very large. Take some photos and you will reinforce why you are building. I like Woodsmith plans. Usually sturdy, not high price tools, clear on lumber layout. So this may take a moment of research and not walk into the store but better. I built their adirondack chairs, less slope better seating, solid construction ideas and in pine mine lasted 20 years. a few minutes of shopping will pay off. HD and Lowes have books also and so does Barnes with plans. This project will be a good skill builder, slats, frame strength, some half lap joints. Can t wait to see it posted…whenever.

- oldguy2

I’ve been appropriately called to shame. You’re right of course, purchasing something like that would be a disgraceful move for a woodworker.

I will definitely post pictures when I get it completed. Unfortunately my mind works much faster than my hands. I’ve got a few projects in line ahead of this one. We are getting ready for the Phoenix summer so a porch glider probably wouldn’t be used until the fall anyway.

-- Extra screws left over are just evidence I found a better way to put it together.

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ctsdeglpks

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#5 posted 04-17-2019 09:13 PM

Hey Travis, I guess you know the magazines are full of some very nice glider plans. Here is the info you need to source a couple of books with glider plans, an easy one that will cost you next to nothing in hardware and a classy upscale one that will challenge your skills.

This one is in “Yard And Garden Furniture” published by Creative Homeowner in 2001 may still be available in bookstores.

This one was in “Furniture Projects” published by Better Homes And Gardens in 1996. Its older so it may only be available in the used market. Maybe one day I will do a book review and post the plans for this project on my blog.

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Travis

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#6 posted 04-17-2019 11:29 PM



Hey Travis, I guess you know the magazines are full of some very nice glider plans. Here is the info you need to source a couple of books with glider plans, an easy one that will cost you next to nothing in hardware and a classy upscale one that will challenge your skills.

This one is in “Yard And Garden Furniture” published by Creative Homeowner in 2001 may still be available in bookstores.

This one was in “Furniture Projects” published by Better Homes And Gardens in 1996. Its older so it may only be available in the used market. Maybe one day I will do a book review and post the plans for this project on my blog.

- Carlos510

Very helpful Carlos, thanks!

-- Extra screws left over are just evidence I found a better way to put it together.

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#7 posted 04-18-2019 12:43 AM

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#8 posted 04-18-2019 11:44 AM

HI. I wanted to share some past ideas that paid off but take it or not. Before all the internet and I had no stores close, I had for my business about 5 magazines subscriptions a year. Rethink this. I have one regular one now Woodsmith since the 90’s —they do no ads all plans. and sometimes pick up a year of another magazine if the offer is $10 for a year, 7 issues. Now I find the shop hints and plans good. Hate the ads and ads. Like the shop tours. So is it worth the printed word? and a few dollars. I am getting ready for the move and had to purge a file of plans I had cut from those old magazine I had sorted—thinking business—so many topic folders and plans. I have made the ones I liked and some motivated me. So my hint is the reading material is worth it. Keep what you like. Make a notebook.

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Travis

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#9 posted 04-18-2019 08:15 PM



So, another resource is books at google. I did a search, selected magazine and got this
https://books.google.com/books?id=59IDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA125&dq=glider+bench&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj6vozystjhAhUmjlQKHYMnAIMQ6AEwAXoECAYQAg#v=onepage&q=glider%20bench&f=false

Granted all the rest seem to be unrelated. Here s the original search thread
https://www.google.com/search?biw=1248&bih=923&tbs=bkt%3Am&tbm=bks&ei=TMa3XKm9EMXR_wSMs62oDA&q=glider+bench&oq=glider+bench&gs_l=psy-ab.3..33i299k1l2.9802.11196.0.11416.12.12.0.0.0.0.81.840.12.12.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.12.837...0.0.zow_a91imvw

- sepeck

That is cool, I have never done that before for woodworking projects. Thanks!

-- Extra screws left over are just evidence I found a better way to put it together.

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Travis

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#10 posted 04-18-2019 08:17 PM



HI. I wanted to share some past ideas that paid off but take it or not. Before all the internet and I had no stores close, I had for my business about 5 magazines subscriptions a year. Rethink this. I have one regular one now Woodsmith since the 90 s —they do no ads all plans. and sometimes pick up a year of another magazine if the offer is $10 for a year, 7 issues. Now I find the shop hints and plans good. Hate the ads and ads. Like the shop tours. So is it worth the printed word? and a few dollars. I am getting ready for the move and had to purge a file of plans I had cut from those old magazine I had sorted—thinking business—so many topic folders and plans. I have made the ones I liked and some motivated me. So my hint is the reading material is worth it. Keep what you like. Make a notebook.

- oldguy2

I hate collecting magazines but love digital collections. I purchased a digital edition of Wood magazine yesterday, and will hopefully add to that quickly :)

-- Extra screws left over are just evidence I found a better way to put it together.

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Lazyman

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#11 posted 04-19-2019 04:27 AM

I have subscribed to Woodsmith magazine for over 30 years but finally bought the digital archive and I use it all the time to search for projects and techniques. I highly recommend it. Highland woodworking seems to put the fine woodworking digital archive on sale about once a year and I picked that up too a couple of years ago. That one comes in handy when a web search leads me to an article there that you have to be a subscriber to see.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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