Rustic Garden Bench

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Project by gsimon posted 09-09-2018 08:41 PM 667 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My cousin gave me some old boathouse lumber after the main structure came down in a large storm a number of years ago. After taking out nails and cutting off the rot I made a planter box for my backyard but had some left over for this rustic garden bench. I just delivered to them as a thank you.

36” high x 37” wide x 17” deep mixed wood boards of various widths. No studs or beams so the design had to be strong enough with flat boards and deck screws. The seat and back look to be stair treads which worked out well. The seat is simply nailed with galvanized spiral finish nails. The backrest scroll bracket was done with a hand cut paper stencil and a thin ivory spray paint finish. Thompson’s water seal brushed on all sides to let it further gray but extend the life.


-- Greg Simon

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#1 posted 09-09-2018 09:27 PM

Very nice! This would look great in any garden.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 09-09-2018 09:39 PM

I enjoyed the simplicity of this. Gardens need to look rustic. This does.

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#3 posted 09-10-2018 01:34 AM

Unique design. Simple yet sturdy.

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#4 posted 09-10-2018 12:01 PM

well done – really nice

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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