"Call of the Wild", Garden Bench

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Project by aurora posted 07-03-2009 04:42 PM 2183 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all,
You “guys” have been so supportive with my first few projects that I decided to do another one. This is a really easy build and requires a circular saw or hand saw, a chisel, a screwdriver and a drill.
The object of my desire (my wife, not my table saw) told me she wanted a bench that would not self destruct in a few years, yet have a simple, natural (gardenish, ... is there is such a word) appeal. I braved the early winter temps in my unheated garage for about 6 hours one saturday to complete this bench. I’ve done a few similar birdhouse theme benches before. I used the newer treated process lumber from my local Home Depot because the last bench I made from cedar didn’t last long once the carpenter ants got to it. It actually didn’t fare much better than unpainted pine, not sure why ?, ... possibly was sapwood or a fast growth material. This newer treating process is not as toxic, however if you feel strongly about it, use cedar, its actually easier to work with, albeit a bit more expensive. When using treated wood, try not to get the really wet/heavy stuff, it moves and shrinks alot. Try to get the lighter dried out pieces. If you cant, then you can dry them out in a restrained (clamped) condition to keep them flat.

  • I put feet on the legs to keep the end grain out of contact with the soil and prevent the bench from sinking in.
  • 1” hole saw cut the birdhouse holes. 3/8” dowel rod for the birdhouse perch. scraps from the seat slats make the bird house roof
  • Upright legs are 4×4’s mortised to accept the cross members that are then screwed from the backside into these slots
  • Cross members are 2×4’s
  • Feet are 2×4’s screwed into the bottom of the legs from the bottom side
  • Arms are 2×4’s mortised into the back legs and screwed into the front leg tops from below (at an angle). Arms and legs both have 45 degree chamfers on the front
  • Seat and back slats are 5/8 pressure treated fence slats
  • fasteners are corrosion resistant (try to get the ones specific to decks or pressure treated wood)
    The bench is already starting to weather and get that weathered wood patina appearance.

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#1 posted 07-03-2009 04:46 PM

Hey aurura
This is a very unique bench,super design and good build well done.


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#2 posted 07-03-2009 04:51 PM

Cool looking bench! Good luck in the contest.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#3 posted 07-03-2009 05:29 PM

Wow, very artistic design. nice work!!

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#4 posted 07-04-2009 01:31 AM

Very nice!
That looks like it’ll be around for a while!

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Kent Shepherd

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#5 posted 07-10-2009 04:03 PM

Cool bench. I hope my wife doesn’t see it or I’ll have another project to do

Thanks for sharing


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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 07-14-2009 07:51 PM

A very strong looking, & unique bench.

How many birds have tried to see if it was really a birdhouse? Good Luck!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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