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« on: May 21, 2007 07:23:03 PM »

Does anyone have any cheap, easy ways to make a garden bench?

I was thinking of I perhaps turned some stone flower pots upside down... but I'm not sure how to make the actual seat?

I'd be very grateful for any suggestions!!

I'm sorry if this is the wrong board! Feel free to move!
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2007 07:45:11 PM »

use a wood plank?  you could mosaic it and it might blend in better with the stone pots. (stone pots are a neat idea, never thought of that)
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2007 06:31:30 PM »

I think that the overturned pots idea is fab-I'd just use a weathered plank-stone would probably be too heavy. And I would fill the pots with something heavy, too.
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2007 04:20:31 PM »

You could also make a simple wooden bench using boards, L-brackets, and screws. If you do a board on top of ceramic pots, drill holes into the board and into the pot (unless you find some with small center holes) and bolt the pots to the board. Use deck sealant or another polyurethane to protect the wood from the elements.
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2007 10:49:14 PM »

If you do a board on top of ceramic pots, drill holes into the board and into the pot (unless you find some with small center holes) and bolt the pots to the board.

Good idea, but if you do drill the pots, make sure you're very careful: it's tough to drill terra cotta without shattering it. Start with a very small drill bit and work up incrementally to the size you want, and don't force the drill, just take it slow. Using the existing hole in the centre is probably easier, and if it's too big (which it probably will be) just use washers.

Good luck! Hope the project turns out well.
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2007 05:25:18 PM »

In Salvage Style for the Garden by Marcianne Miller and Dana Irwin they use an old wood door to make a bench with rafter tails for arm rests and balusters as feet.

And the feet aren't tilted, they're straight.  It just looks that way cause I took a picture from the book with my camera since I don't have a scanner.  I found the book at Tuesday Morning, not sure if Amazon has it or if it's out of print.  The publisher is Lark Books so maybe check their site.  http://www.larkbooks.com

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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2007 02:12:34 PM »

Oh gosh! that's beautiful! thanks very much for all the help!
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2007 02:19:59 PM »

They also had one in there that's smaller and lower to the ground, labeled as a kid's bench that uses old firewood stands for in the fireplace, the ones that are a set and not just the rack, and places a piece of timber on top that fits the width.

Glad I could offer some help though.  ^_^  There's sooo much in that book I want to do.  I want to eventually use the designs in there, cause it shows you how to do everything with step by step instructions.  They have Adirondack chair patterns and how to build your own pergola.
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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2007 02:34:14 PM »

I have a chunk of a boxelder trunk that serves as a stool in the middle of my herb garden. The herb garden is planted in the center of a small circle of pavers, and I used to have a plaque tacked to the boxelder trunk that said "UNLESS" ... until my collie mix decided to use the plaque as a chew toy ... but the idea was to make it look like my garden contained all that remained of The Very Last Truffula Tree of Them All.

(Yeah, I'm kind of obsessed with children's books. I'm planning a Lorax mural and a few other details for my garden, and I've just begun thinking about redoing my kitchen with an In the Night Kitchen theme, which will fit in nicely with the Where the Wild Things Are mural in my office....)
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2007 11:18:31 AM »

You can also use a crib or headboard and footboard from a bed, use the headboard for the back then cut the footboard in half vertically and use one half for side.  Gardenweb also has pictures and instructions for these, search in garden junk.
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