How to Make the Base for a Porch Glider


A porch glider is much like a porch swing, but the seat is mounted to a fixed base instead of hung from a joist. Some gliders are attached to the base with a chain, while others use a pivoting arm to create the gliding motion. The base is comprised of two identical end pieces connected under the seat with a system of cross braces. If you already have a swing or bench to use, you need only make the base for a porch glider and install the seat to the base.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-by-4-inch lumber
  • Measuring tape
  • Miter saw
  • Hammer
  • 16d nails
  • Cut the required pieces of 2-by-4-inch lumber: this requires two 10-inch pieces, eight 17-1/2-inch pieces, six 22-inch pieces, two 24-inch pieces, four 27-inch pieces and two 50-inch pieces.

  • Lay one 22-inch piece on its wide side and nail a 27-inch piece of 2-by-4 standing up into each end. This creates a U-shape with the piece that touches the porch and the two pieces that extend to meet the armrest.

  • Measure 7 1/2 inches up from the base board and nail one of the 22-inch pieces in place between the two standing pieces of wood. The 22-inch piece should be nailed with the 4-inch sides facing out.

  • Nail another 22-inch piece between the two standing boards, positioned so the top of the board is flush with the tops of the standing boards. You should now have a complete square that also includes one additional 22-inch piece of wood.

  • Tap the 17 ½-inch pieces of 2-by-4 between the top and middle 22-inch pieces and nail in place. These form decorative pieces that are not critical to the structure.

  • Place one of the 24-inch pieces on top of the structure and nail into place with the 4-inch side facing up to create an armrest. The armrest can be rounded to create a more comfortable shape, if desired.

  • Repeat these steps to create a second, identical structure for the opposite side of the glider.

  • Nail a 10-inch piece of 2-by-4 to the inside of each structure; nail the board directly into the center 22-inch piece.

  • Nail a 50-inch piece of 2-by-4 to each side of the 10-inch piece; line up the second side of the base and nail the opposite ends of the 50-inch pieces to the 10-inch piece on this frame. The base is now complete and ready to accommodate a bench or swing seat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Adjust the length of the cross braces according to the size of the bench or swing you wish to use. The distance between each arm of the base must be at least 3 inches wider than the bench.

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