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Adirondack Glider Downloadable Plan


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  • Relax in style with this comfortable and classic addition to any outdoor living space. The glider featured on the cover of this plan was built using poplar, a wood which is prone to rot outdoors. To prevent wood rot, I chose to protect the glider with two coats of primer and two coats...

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    Relax in style with this comfortable and classic addition to any outdoor living space. The glider featured on the cover of this plan was built using poplar, a wood which is prone to rot outdoors. To prevent wood rot, I chose to protect the glider with two coats of primer and two coats of exterior paint. For a clear wood look, use a rot-resistant wood such as; cedar, cypress, or another exterior wood. Apply a clear UV (ultraviolet) resistant finish. Select exterior screws and glue to guarantee long-lasting joints. Use the patterns to help you make the shaped parts.

    • Step-by-step instructions

    • Simple construction techniques

    • Dimensioned Illustrations

    • How-to photos

    • Full-size patterns

    • Cut list

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    4 Reviews
    1. 1.0 out of 5 stars
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      Your're on your own with this one

      I was excited to get started on my glider. I bought the downloadable plans, but soon realized I have no way of printing actual size templates at home. When I called them, Woodcraft was very accommodating. They sent me a paper copy of the plans. When I started reading the plans, the promised cut list was a disappointment. There are many free plans on the internet for different projects with far better instructions, hardware lists, cut lists, and accuracy. Anyway, after purchasing the wood, I cut it to length The next task was making the templates for the pieces with curves. I got out some 1/2 inch MDF to make my first template. After getting it cut and sanded, I placed it on top of one of the boards I had pre-cut in order to trace it. The template was longer than the board I had cut! I double-checked the cut list. My cut length matched the directions. It turns out that the template was longer than the piece indicated in the directions. I guess the jokes on me. I'll definitely never get another set of plans from Woodcraft. I suggest that you don'e either.

    2. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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      Very nice chair, good novice+ project

      Built this for a mother’s day present for my wife. Dry fit everything as we went, no issues at all. It came out very nice in poplar and a few coats of urethane. Used on a covered porch. Agree with others on the short glide travel. Would build base taller and get longer glide arms if I did it again. Wife very happy with it.

    3. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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      Beautiful glider!

      This one looks better than most I saw. I agree with Jake a bit. I wish there were instructions on the placement of the glider brackets. Indeed, the swing is very short, however with a small change in the placement of lower bracket ends I was able to extend it a little. Also, I think the back needs to have a slightly greater slant to it. It sat up a little too straight for me. Nevertheless, I've had a number of compliments and got to make one more and they love it.

    4. 3.0 out of 5 stars
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      Needs a good edit

      Overall instructions were clear but some diagram details did not match written directions. Some screw placements were incorrect or didn't match written directions. Bolt sizes for upper bolts way off! The base was slightly too long - test and measure spacing before cutting the parts. Will result in a good product if you pay attention and carefully think through each step in advance to catch the subtle errors before its too late. Also note that due to the short glider bars the "swing" of this glider will be short- something I didn't think about before choosing this type of glider (not a shortcoming of the plans but the builder!).

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