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Project of the Week: Glider swing is warm-weather classic

Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for carpentry projects.
By Don and Dave Runyan, For The Oklahoman Published: April 8, 2013

A perennial favorite for warm-weather relaxation, this two-bench lawn glider swing is a do-it-yourself classic. The project will create an instant oasis — perfect for socializing, napping or just catching a breeze — adding a whole new dimension to your outdoor living space.

Although a relatively large-scale project, the swing is simple enough for an average do-it-yourselfer to finish in a weekend or two. It's also inexpensive, utilizing standard cuts of fir lumber (other species will also work), plus four pieces of water pipe, nuts, bolts, screws and nails and finish of choice.

The design calls mostly for straight cuts, and all of the curves (like the armrests) are traced from full-size patterns. To build, simply cut everything out and sand. Next, assemble the frame and the passenger car separately, using screws and bolts. To finish, combine the subassemblies and apply paint, stain or sealer.

The swing measures about 8 feet high by 8 feet long by 7 feet wide.

The Lawn Glider Swing plan, No. 276, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, construction diagrams, a shopping list and cutting guide and a toll-free help line.

A package of glider and swing plans, No. C119, is $25.95 and includes this project plus another glider and two porch swings. Please include $4.00 per order for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, send this article with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Oklahoman, 821B S Tremont St., Oceanside, CA 92054. To order by credit card, or to request a free catalog, call (800) 828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the web at


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