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Outdoor Loveseat Glider



I was inspired by the outdoor sofa built from 2x4s by Ana White but wanted to change it slightly to make it unique. With a friend's help, we came up with this plan for a loveseat glider. We decided to build 2 (one for each of us), and to build the first one from start to finish before beginning the second one. I'm glad we did it this way because after we built the top seat portion and the separate base, we had to make some further modifications to our plans so that the loveseat would actually MOVE! The glider hardware did not have instructions as to how far horizontal spacing should be from the top and bottom bolts, so we had some trial and error, until we found the sweet spot, which allowed this heavy loveseat to glide smoothly and easily. I LOVE how it turned out and the 2nd time we built it, it only took 6 hours from first cut to the final tightening of the last nut (compared to 2 full days for the first time). I also love how impressed our husbands and kids were with how well this turned out! I'm glad we chose a plan that used basic 2x4s. It made it less intimidating, especially since we didn't need a lot of expensive tools to build it. I learned so much from this project, but my favorite was how much more fun (and safe) it can be when you work with a friend!

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      • WEATHER-TREATED CEDAR STAINED PINE 2X4S
      • GLIDER BRACKETS (4 TOTAL IN 1 PACKAGE)
      • 4, 3.5" 1/4-20 BOLTS
      • 4, 4" 1/4-20 BOLTS
      • 8 LOCK TIGHT NUTS, 1/4-20
      • 8 LARGE WASHERS, FITTING 1/4-20
      • 2.5" EXTERIOR SCREWS
      • 12, 2 1/2" POCKET HOLE SCREWS.

Comments (17)


  • I love this, good job Rachel
    By chance13, on September 3, 2014

  • great idea here. Good Work!! Where did you find the gliders?
    By carlmorris19, on September 4, 2014

  • I love it. You did an awesome job. Now I want one.
    By Peg a leg, on September 4, 2014


  • Love it! I want one!
    By gusley, on September 7, 2014

  • Awesome ideia. Good job.
    By Mad_dude, on September 17, 2014

  • Perfect job. Amaizing.
    By Dedoxi, on September 17, 2014

  • Congrats. You did a wonderful job.
    By Carolaraujo, on September 17, 2014

  • You are always full of great ideias. You are amaizing.
    By FelipeFonseca, on September 17, 2014

  • This fits perfectly in my house. Thank you so much.
    By CaioS, on September 17, 2014

  • You impress me everytime. Keep it up.
    By Theo03, on September 17, 2014

  • I love this a lot. Wonderful.
    By Diogo01, on September 17, 2014

  • You are an incredible artist. Do never stop showing us your great ideas.
    By Dide, on September 17, 2014

  • You are unbelieable. Thank you for sharing this.
    By Manuel21, on September 17, 2014

  • This just shows how a great artist come up with wonderful ideas.
    By Dicharito, on September 17, 2014

  • Congratulations, Rachel! I love how it came out! x
    By ddsilverpennies, on October 6, 2014


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Outdoor Loveseat Glider

by rachelpeartree
Aug 30, 2014

I was inspired by the outdoor sofa built from 2x4s by Ana White but wanted to change it slightly to make it unique. With a friend's help, we came up with this plan for a loveseat glider. We decided to build 2 (one for each of us), and to build the first one from start to finish before beginning the second one. I'm glad we did it this way because after we built the top seat portion and the separate base, we had to make some further modifications to our plans so that the loveseat would actually MOVE! The glider hardware did not have instructions as to how far horizontal spacing should be from the top and bottom bolts, so we had some trial and error, until we found the sweet spot, which allowed this heavy loveseat to glide smoothly and easily. I LOVE how it turned out and the 2nd time we built it, it only took 6 hours from first cut to the final tightening of the last nut (compared to 2 full days for the first time). I also love how impressed our husbands and kids were with how well this turned out! I'm glad we chose a plan that used basic 2x4s. It made it less intimidating, especially since we didn't need a lot of expensive tools to build it. I learned so much from this project, but my favorite was how much more fun (and safe) it can be when you work with a friend!