This step by step diy woodworking project is about glider swing stand plans. Create a beautiful wooden glider swing for your patio, to enjoy your afternoon in open space. You can build this stand in just one day with common household tools and under 50 $ worth of raw materials (if you go with cedar, pine is a lot cheaper). Make sure you take a look over the rest of plans to see alternatives and more projects for your garden.
Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
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Glider Swing Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 32 1/4″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 22 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 30 1/4″ long FRAME
- C – 4 pieces of 2×4 – 14 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 5 3/4″ long BRACES
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 70″ long SUPPORTS
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 100 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
- PART 1: Glider stand plans
- PART 2: Swing bench plans
How to build a glider swing stand
The first step of the project is to build the bottom and top components for the side frames. If you want to enhance the look of the components, you can round both ends with a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Build the vertical supports from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the top and bottom supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the vertical components. Align the edges with attention. Alternatively, you can drill pocket holes at both ends of the vertical components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the supports.
Build the braces from 2×4 lumber. Cut both ends of the braces at 45 degrees.
Fit the braces to the side frames, as shown in the plans. Align the edges, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the braces into place.
Next, you need to assemble the stand by fitting the bottom braces. Cut the components at the right dimension (according to the size of your swing bench) and lock them to the vertical components with 2 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes to prevent the wood from splitting.
Make sure the side frames are plumb and check if the corners are square.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-150 grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the stand from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Check out PART 2 of the project, to learn how to build the swing bench.
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