Glider Bench Plans

This step by step project is about outdoor glider bench plans. This is PART 2 of the glider swing project, where I show you how to build the wood bench. In order to get the job done, you just have to follow my instructions. Moreover, I truly recommend you to check out the rest of the outdoor plans on my site, for even more building ideas.

There are many designs and plans you could choose from, so you should take a look on more projects before starting the actual project. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a simple but sturdy design, this project might be the solution to your needs. Moreover, you could build all the components from 2×4 lumber, as to save both time and money. Make sure you check all the dimensions before making the cuts, otherwise the components might not fit together easily.

 

 

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How to build a glider bench

Building a glider bench

Building a glider bench

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 45″ long, 3 pieces – 19 1/2″ long SEAT FRAME
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 56″ long SUPPORTS
  • C – 6 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 45″ long SEAT
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 22 1/4″ long ARMRESTS
  • E – 12 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 24 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 12″ long, 2 pieces – 12 3/4″ long BACKREST
  • F – 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 45″ long, 1 piece – 48″ long SUPPORTS

Tools

Tips

  • Pre-drill holes in the wooden components, before driving in the screws
  • Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts

 

 

Glider Bench Plans

Building the seat frame

Building the seat frame

The first step of the project is to build the frame for the glider bench. Cut the components at the proper dimensions using 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the 45″ long components into the perpendicular supports. Align the edges flush, make sure the corners are square and insert the 2 1/2″ screws.

Fitting the seat slats

Fitting the seat slats

Fit the 1×4 slats to the seat frame. Place a piece of 1/4″ plywood between the slats so you create even gaps. Drill pilot holes through the slats and insert 1 5/8″ screws into the seat frame.

Armrests supports

Armrests supports

Build the armrests supports for the bench from 2×4 lumber. Attach the supports to the sides, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.

Fitting the backrest slats

Fitting the backrest slats

Use 1×4 slats for the backrest. As you can easily notice in the plans, you need to use a good jigsaw to round the exposed corners of the bench. Smooth the edges with 120-220 grit sandpaper.

Backrest supports

Backrest supports

Fit the 1×4 cleats to the back of the bench. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws to secure the cleats to the backrest slats.

Building the armrests

Building the armrests

Build the armrests from 2×4 lumber. As you can see in the plans, you need to make a small notch to one end of the armrests and to round the opposite end. Smooth everything with sandpaper.

Fitting the armrestsFitting the armrests

Fit the armrests to the bench. Drill pilot holes through the armrests and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the supports. Smooth the edges with sandpaper for a neat result.

Fitting the base supports

Fitting the base supports

Fit the 2×4 supports to the bottom of the glider bench, so you can hang it to the stand. Center the supports to the front and to the back of the bench swing. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the bench seat frame.

Glider swing building plans

Glider swing building plans

Make sure you check out PART 2 of the glider swing project, so you learn how to build the bench. Even if you are a rookie when it comes to DIY, you will be surprised how easy it is to make this glider swing with some common household tools and materials.

Smart Tip: Fill the holes with a good filler, let it dry out and sand the wooden surfaces with 120-grit sandpaper. Vacuum the residues and apply several coats of protective paint.

 

 

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