May 14, 2020
I really enjoyed building this project. The plans from Build Like a Chick were accurate and easy to follow. I made the base with #2 pressure-treated pine painted with exterior latex. I made the bench with natural cedar for aesthetics and overall weight considerations. I widened the armrests for comfort, changed the backrest railing arrangement a bit, and coated the bench with clear spar satin urethane. The glider bench will serve us for many years AND be a pleasure to look at as well!
- Bryan Andryszak
May 19, 2018
Plans were easy to follow and very descriptive.
I ended up using more than 150 of the pocket hole screws, so I would definitely get another pack and save a trip to the hardware store.
I ended up using 2 1/2" deck screws in place of 2" screws just to make sure it was extra secure.
Also, the cut list calls for a total of 9 20" sections, but looking at the drawings, you actually need 10. I ended up needing one more 2x4 to achieve this, but thankfully i realized this the same time i realized I was running out of pocket hole screws, so I got them both on the same trip.
I love how sturdy this is, and because I chose to go with pressure treated lumber in place of KD, its extremely heavy. I don't have to worry about it getting pushed around by the wind.
All and all, I highly recommend this project.
- Stephen Steele
May 13, 2018
I did this one as a mother's day gift for my mom. Came together very well. The cut list and instructions were spot on. I used hex bolts and washers for the gliders. Much easier to install. Used pressure treated lumber and the whole thing is HEAVY. Put the 3 parts together, sanded and painted it and then assembled it under the tree where my mother wanted it. Great job with the plans!
- Thekkepat Sekhar
July 28, 2017
Made this bench and was easy to understand the plans.
Geat projects thank
- joseph lewellen
June 26, 2017
This project was perfect for someone like me who is new at woodworking. The project plans were very well thought out, descriptive, and as far as I could tell, error free. The biggest challenge for me was getting the two "X" right, but the back is what really give the bench character so it's worth working that out.
I do wonder about the placement of the drill holes for the glider attachments, particularly on the bench itself. It seems that centering them more would be safer, but not knowing for sure I placed everything as designed. I also wonder how well the pocket hole joinery will hold up to a bigger guy like me load testing it, but time will tell.
I did make a couple of modifications. I used hex bolts to attach the gliders instead of the carriage bolts as I found them much easier to install. I also added some washers and lock washers for good measure. Finally, I bevel cut and rounded the handles and attached them by countersinking the screws.
All and all, this was a great project for me, and my wife is thrilled to finally have something fill in our front porch. Thanks for the plans and ideas Ms. "Build Like a Chick!"
- Adam Freeman