Like an Adirondack chair or a picnic table, a glider swing is a backyard classic that never goes out of style. Perfect for relaxing in the great outdoors, a glider is a great way to enjoy the warm weather with family and friends, rain or shine, day or night.
This do-it-yourself version–complete with two bench seats, a wide shade canopy and even a built-in table complete with cut-outs for drinks–is no exception. The project, designed to seat four adults comfortably, includes all the best features of classic outdoor glider swings.
Simple enough for beginners with just a few basic tools, the swing is built from standard fir, plywood and galvanized pipe, so it's also easy on the budget. Calling for mostly straight cuts, the project includes full-size patterns for the curves.
To build, trace the pieces onto wood (where necessary) and cut everything out. Next, assemble the frame and install the pipe that supports the seats. Once the frame is complete, build and hang the seat platform and attach the canopy and table. Finally, apply finish of choice.
The completed glider measures about 8 feet long by 7 feet wide by 8 feet tall.
The Canopy Glider Swing plan (No. 818) includes detailed step-by-step directions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, construction diagrams, a complete shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions.