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Glider chair

Hello, I’ve been working on a glider chair for my front porch. I plan on making two of them out of cedar but for now I built a prototype out of pine. I have everything assembled however something seems off with the gliding mechanism. When the chair glides forward the chair tilts forward on the base. I’m including some pictures so you can see what I’m talking about. Does anyone have a suggestion of what I can do to fix it? Thank you very much!!Name:  AF57AA3E-9260-4D0B-8DE4-496B29EA808D_1594853261966.jpeg
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welcome to the forum !!
nice build - and good idea of making a prototype first.
did you have a set of plans to go by ?

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Thanks John. Yes I did use a set of plans and followed them exactly. The only difference was that I used steel metal as the glider brackets instead of the glider hardware. The measurements for the holes were the same as the recommended hardware so I don’t think it should make a difference. I’m just not sure why it leans forward so much. If you are leaning forward in the chair it feels like you are going to tip out of it

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First off, welcome to the forum!


If i am seeing things correctly, your “glider mechanism “ is made of 2 steel bars mounted on both sides, but they are angled , and not parallel... for the chair to glide smoothly and not tilt forward, and backward, those bars need to be parallel to each other.

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Oh yeah... very nice build too!

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Welcome to the forum! Add your first name to your signature line so we'll know what to call you and it will show in each post. Add your location to your profile, as well.

That's a nice looking glider, always wanted to build one of those but never have.

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I actually tried making them parallel going straight up and down and the chair wasn’t gliding that much. Should I try making the bars angled but parallel to arch other?

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Thanks for the info David

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I actually tried making them parallel going straight up and down and the chair wasn’t gliding that much. Should I try making the bars angled but parallel to arch other?
Its been my experience that the longer the bar is, the more glide motion you will get. I am not sure how you could mount them angled and parallel, because when then get to the resting state, they will naturally be straight up and down (when parallel).
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I actually tried making them parallel going straight up and down and the chair wasn’t gliding that much. Should I try making the bars angled but parallel to arch other?
Yes, this is correct. You can alter the motion of the glider by changing the spacing between the swingarm mounts at the base of the glider (or at the chair, which ever is easier).

Gliders do typically have some of the forward roll that you describe, which is the whole point of using a glider versus a swing design. So I wouldn't go too far in trying to flatten out the motion.

I designed a series of single/double glider/stationary chairs for Rockler Woodworking, and wrote up the construction instructions. I don't know if those plans are still available on their website, but here is the page where I discuss altering the motion.
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Thanks Rick I will try to make some adjustments tomorrow. I’ll report back.
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So I was able to get my chair to glide better by moving the location of the brackets in the base. My concern is that the brackets are too close to the joint. The screw is going through the tendon. Will this cause issues and weaken the joint? I’ve included some pictures for reference. Thank you.
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In many cases, people put pegs thru tennons to help lock them in place, if the glue fails. So with that being said, have a fasteners go thru it shouldnt weaken it, unless that fastener is The same size as the tennon, thus shortening the tennon. What i mean , is that if your tennon is 1.5 inches wide, nad you are have a 1/4” bolt going thru it, you will be fine

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In many cases, people put pegs thru tennons to help lock them in place, if the glue fails. So with that being said, have a fasteners go thru it shouldnt weaken it, unless that fastener is The same size as the tennon, thus shortening the tennon. What i mean , is that if your tennon is 1.5 inches wide, nad you are have a 1/4” bolt going thru it, you will be fine
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Seems you have the weight I the center and when gliding center your weight would be to the front...
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