|Project by maddawg308||posted 03-11-2015 11:38 PM||1083 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
Sorry about the bad pictures – my camera doesn’t take great photos in bad light. Hopefully you can see what I was doing….
We had a need for several park-style benches to be used around the farm, for customers to sit on when watching their kids ride horses, etc. We didn’t want to buy a lot of new wood, but we have plenty of short sections of pressure treated 5/4 fenceboards and 4×4 posts, all too short to be used for their intended purpose anymore. They were still in solid shape and we didn’t want to chuck them if we could help it.
I found THESE plans online, modified them for the wood we had, and made 7 of them so far. We have easily enough fenceboards and posts left to do another 8-10 before I run out of the short pieces.
Paint can in the first pic is for size reference. Dimensions are 48 inches long, about 24 inches deep and 35 inches high. The angle of the back post is 15 degrees. All this was built with a miter saw, a screwgun, the wood I mentioned, and piles of 3” fencing screws. Each bench weighs over 100 lbs. so they aren’t going to blow away, and because they are PT they will last a long time. When the weather warms up next month, I’ll pressure wash the benches to get the boards to look new again.
Hope you like my novel way to reuse an otherwise surplus material to us, to make something useful.
-- Plank says: "If you're a little board, might as well get hammered!"