Thirty Days in the Garden: Flat Pack Glider

The garden glider is here!

Some assembly required

Yesterday I mentioned replacing our garden swing with a glider, and today it arrived. Wow, that seemed fast. I received the shipping notification while downtown volunteering, and I could hardly wait to get home.

When I got here, Mike had already disassembled the old swing. It sat in a pile near the driveway.

I raced into the back yard picturing a fully assembled glider. Only then did I realize the some-assembly-required part of the deal. The new glider arrived in a flat cardboard box.

Flat pack glider

I should know better. Unless it’s a couch or an appliance, there is almost always some assembly required.

We moved the stacked pieces into place and removed the packaging. Straight out to the box, we realized one of the glider arms had been pulled away from its screws. Seeing the bent screws and shredded wood left me crestfallen.

Damaged glider arm

Mike is Mr. Fix it, so when I suggested we call and request a replacement part, he assured me he could make it work. While I attached the seat to the back, he pulled out the damaged screws and set about the repair. The wood glue in his workbench is past its usefulness date, so that meant a trip to the hardware store.

Mike applying wood glue to broken glider arm

We had a quick dinner, and then Mike glued and reassembled the glider’s arm. It needs two hours to cure, so it’s resting against the kitchen counter under a couple of boxes of sparkling water.

Waiting for the glue to dry and set

We’ll be back at it on Sunday. I’ll share more photos then.

Happy weekend! May your days be assembly-free.

15 thoughts on “Thirty Days in the Garden: Flat Pack Glider

  1. Oh, I know that too well Alys! I had to assemble my mini greenhouse last year and it took me several days on and off… there were about a trillion screws and not a single bit of that greenhouse was preassembled! Good luck on Sunday. I shall look forward to finding out what a ‘glider’ is! πŸ˜ƒ

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  2. I don’t mind a bit of self-assembly, it has always been part of my life due to its comparative cheapness! But I agree that damage is a total pain. It’s lucky you have a handyMike in the house πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s all together.

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  3. Yay for Mr. Fix it! Being a Mainer, I admire people who are handy. My husband, Clif, is also handy, and there is a long, long list of things he has fixed over the years. Looking forward to seeing the completed glider.

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    • I’m happy to hear that Clif is also handy. Mike’s dad taught him basic electrical and plumbing and he learned basic carpentry in school back in the woodshop days. (I always envied those boys…I wanted to build something too). As we age, we’re learning what we can do on our own, and what is best outsourced (like climbing up on the roof).

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  4. I would send pictures and most of the post to the manufacturer so they are aware of how their product is arriving. They may not know and can adjust the construction of further products. Knowing that this information is going out into the world may push them a little. You are lucky Mike is handy. Had I ordered it, I could not have fixed it. But I have done my share of flat pack construction.

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  5. Well, it’ll sure be beautiful when it’s all together. I can’t imagine how it could get so damaged inside a box that showed no damage. Do you think they sent it like that? Good for Mike to know how to fix it.
    I had ordered your bed from Wayfair with Concierge Service,meaning they carried boxes downstairs, unpacked, set up and took away all the packaging. A bed rail came out of a good box damaged and was really warped, so it was obviously packaged as such. They did a good job of replacing that piece and following up but it was still a hassle and I was glad I had time to do it before you got here ! On that note, your room is lonely 🌸❀️ xo K

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    • I was shocked to see it broken like that, especially since it was flat-packed and sealed. We’ll never know how it happened. I left a review, and they reached out immediately. Good customer service.

      I’m sorry to hear about your bed experience but glad you got it fixed. xo

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