New Bench for a Co-worker

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Project by cricket324 posted 03-16-2013 12:56 AM 2258 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked by a co-worker at Home Depot if I could fix a bench she used in her garden after it was broken. She had just purchased new cushions for it and really couldn’t afford to replace the bench. The bench she brought me was very simply contructed and I quickly determined it would be easier to build her a new one, rather than try and fix the old one. The construction method I used was fairly simple. Straight cuts and constuction grade lumber. I used mostly scraps from around my shop. The arms were constructed from left over pieces of 5/4 board and the rest was all 2×4s. The entire project took me two days and cost around $5.00. And of course I got stuck babysitting, which explains why my granddaughter is sitting in the middle of my creativity. But she’s awesome. Hope you enjoy the new bench, Susan. And thanks, Dad, for inspiring me.

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#1 posted 03-16-2013 06:37 AM

Nice looking bench, did you put a finish on it? if so what kind?

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#2 posted 03-16-2013 10:04 AM

The co-worker I built this for is going to paint it.

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#3 posted 03-16-2013 12:25 PM

Really nice looking bench! As spring approaches my attention is turning from basement shop projects to useful outdoor projects. I had to favorite this as a “must try”. Could you give some dimensions? Really love the style!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 03-16-2013 12:56 PM

nice looking bench much better than the original one you replaced. I’m sure your coworker is quite pleased with the outcome.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 03-19-2013 02:40 PM

Way better than the old one. Like the design especially the arm rest. Looks great and sturdy.

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