Archive for Sunday, July 16, 2000

Swing helps you glide into summer

Project of the Week

July 16, 2000


With summer finally here, wouldn't it be nice to relax -- rain or shine, day or night, alone or in a group -- on a big, comfortable glider swing?

This do-it-yourself project makes it easy. Combining many of the best features of outdoor glider swings, it seats four adults on wide bench seats, has a canopy for shade or shelter from the rain and a table with cut-outs for drinks.

Best of all, it's easy to build, even for novices who own only a few basic tools.

The swing is built from standard fir, plywood and galvanized pipe. Most of the cuts are straight, and the curved cuts are easy to make with the aid of full-sized patterns. Just trace and cut out the pieces, build the frame and install the pipe that supports the bench section.

Then build and hang the bench section and attach the canopy and table. To finish, apply paint or stain.

The complete glider measures about 8 feet long by 6.5 feet wide by 8 feet tall.

The Canopy Glider Swing plan, No. 818, is $9.95 and includes detailed step-by-step directions with 15 photos, full-size traceable patterns, exploded diagrams and a complete shopping list and cutting schedule.

A package of glider and swing plans, No. C119, is $25.95 and includes this project plus another glider and two hanging swings. A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $3.95. Prices include postage and handling.

Allow about four weeks for delivery (for rush delivery, add $1 per item up to $3 maximum and allow about two weeks).

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o Lawrence Journal-World, P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, Calif. 91409. To order by credit card, call (800) 828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the web at

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