Glider Swing Plans

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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. Premium Plans available for this project in the Shop.

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




Cut List

  • 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

Shopping List


 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Post hole digger, Concrete mixer

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses


 One day




How to build a glider swing stand

Top and bottom supports

Top and bottom supports

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.

Fitting the braces

Fitting the braces

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.

Fitting the base supports

Fitting the base supports

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.

Glider swing stand

Glider swing stand

Make sure the side frames are plumb and check if the corners are square.

Wooden glider swing plans

Wooden glider swing plans

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. Premium Plans available for this project in the Shop.


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  1. T. Fahsbender at - Reply

    How do make coins of plans

    • Julian at - Reply

      I don’t understand what you are asking. Can you please rephrase it so I can help you?

  2. Spencer at - Reply

    The way the chains are set.when a person sits down and leans back won’t the seat flip backwords.just want to know.thank you.have you tested for that kind of predicament.

  3. Emmett at - Reply

    Unfortunately the measurement given for the braces between the uprights, 5 1/4″ is incorrect. It should be 7 1/4″. I cut all of my pieces according to your measurements. I had to make part D 12″ longer as I have a bigger swing. Even so after laying out everything just so I ended up with only a #10 can full of scrap pieces. I could have cut the said braces longer, but. So now I am faced with finding some scraps to make the longer braces or cutting another full size 2 X 4. I also allowed for the longer supports under my swing.

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      Can you explain why do say the support measurement is incorrect? Why do you claim it should be 7 1/4″ long?

  4. Emmett at - Reply

    Sorry My mistake! I didn’t allow for the setback on the diagonal braces.

  5. John Houston at - Reply

    are this plans for a 5ft long bench?

  6. Mitch at - Reply

    If you where wanting a wider bench seat, what adjustments would be needed?
    Other than the obvious of widening the bench & frame.
    Worried about how it may effect the load or the swinging action of the bench.

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      I would add more braces to the stand from all directions.

  7. Robert at - Reply

    Love the idea but ..when anyone even my 90lbs son sits in it the sides of the stand pull in towards the swing,great idea but don’t think there’s anyway around the stand pullingredients in when ya put weight on the swing.

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      You can easily solve that with additional cross braces.

  8. Hector Morales at - Reply

    Thanks for your plans glider swing I love it the only thing I want to know is the list of the hard ware. Thanks and God bless you

  9. Charles at - Reply

    Enjoyed your page.

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