How to Make a Glider Rocking Chair

What You'll Need
Safety Glasses
Assorted wrenches
Socket Set
Flat Screwdriver
Phillips Screwdriver

The directions to build a glider rocking chair can be picked up at hardware stores, do-it-yourself furniture stores and many online websites. Similarly, you can pick up a kit that has all of the necessary parts and complete instructions and which can be assembled in a single afternoon.

Step 1: Assemble the Pedestal

The pedestal of a glider rocking chair is usually a box frame and contains the glider tracks that allow the rocker to work correctly. As each piece is put into place according to the kit instructions, be sure to tighten down the screws and bolts. When this part of the task is complete, you will have a complete base for the chair, ready to have it bolted onto the brackets connecting the glider tracks.

Step 2: Assemble the Seat

The seat of the rocking chair is typically 3 or 4 contoured supports; two long end pieces for them connect to and a set of slats that either lock into place during the assembly or are fastened using small tacks. Seat slat may run front to back or end to end, depending on the design.

Step 3: Assemble the Back

The back of the gliding rocking chair is a lighter version of the seat. The supports for the back typically extend beneath the seat when installed, connecting to the glider track assembly or fastening tightly to the bench seat itself.

Step 4: Complete the Bench Construction

Connect the seat and back together. In most installations this will be 4 to 6 bolts that connect the supports for the two pieces together. In some assemblies, there are optional mounting holes for different seat inclines. Choose the one which is most appropriate and be certain to use the same setting for all supports.

Step 5: Install the Bench

The complete bench assembly fits onto the pedestal. Most designs provide guides to make lining up the holes for the connector bolts easier to accomplish. If necessary, use a Phillips screwdriver poked through the holes to help line them up. The holes should line up easily without applying extra force on any of the parts. If not, make sure that all of the bolts are in the correct places and that all optional placements match. After the connecting bolts are secured, test the rocking. It should move smoothly back and forth, both ends swinging relatively in tandem.

Step 6: Enhancing the Glider Rocker

The final step is to add pads, cushions or pillows to personalize the swing to your own tastes. For outdoor uses, either purchase all-weather cushions or be prepared to take the cushions off during inclement weather. For more comfort, install a lawn umbrella to add shade from sun and rain and add a nearby table to hold your drink or magazine.