Everyone from new mothers to grandmothers will enjoy the soothing to-and-fro motion of this glider rocker project. In fact, anyone who likes to relax in a cozy chair will appreciate it.

Unlike an ordinary rocking chair, a glider rocker has its seat suspended in its own frame. As a result, the unit “glides” back and forth rather than rocking. Not only does the chair move more smoothly than a traditional rocker, it also takes up less space.

This do-it-yourself version features a unique mechanism to produce its gliding motion. Using tee-nuts, bolts and washers instead of ball bearings, the design not only makes the project easier to build but eliminates hard-to-find parts. In order to simplify construction even more, all of the chair’s curved cuts are traced from full-size patterns.

Materials for the glider rocker include oak plywood, dowels and spindles, tee-nuts, bolts and washers, screws, nails, wood buttons, stain and finish. Chair pads come in many colors and styles and are available at many furniture and department stores.

The completed chair measures 41 inches tall by 24 inches wide by 25 inches deep.

The Glider Rocker plan, No. 853, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, construction diagrams and a shopping list and cutting schedule.

A package of classic country-style furniture plans, No. C90, is $21.95 and includes a free-standing linen closet, a blanket chest and seat combination and a quilt rack. A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $2. Prices include postage and handling. Please allow about four weeks for delivery (for first-class postage, add $1 per item up to $3 maximum).

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