Garden Bench out of scrap leftovers

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Project by mtkate posted 11-14-2009 03:07 PM 5017 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this late in the summer season as a way to get rid of a bunch of larger pine scraps I have had for at least 12 years. You can’t burn them in the wood stove… so I held onto them (eg. an old futon base, 2X4 leftovers that were too long to just throw away, etc).

I saw this plan online and decided to copy it. It’s a link to a .pdf, btw.

I made it less wide, because my scraps were not as long. I first cut all the pieces and applied a coat of deck stain before doing any drilling, then assembled and put more stain and at least 4 coats of outdoor varnish. Instead of a 4X4 piece for each leg as in the plan, I used paired up 2X4 – which is one reason I stained before assembly (so I can get to all sides). We’ll see how this holds up.

Happy to say it’s quite sturdy, and is serving today as a place to park my butt in the shop (for sanding things…) until next spring when I put it out near an obelisk I made a few years ago that I am surprised is still standing.

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#1 posted 11-14-2009 03:19 PM

Very nice, & a great way to dispose of leftovers.

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

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#2 posted 11-14-2009 03:43 PM

Nice job MT.
I made similar about 10 years ago and they aer still going . Thsy are a faourite seat out in the garden.


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#3 posted 11-14-2009 05:05 PM

Nice garden bench!

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#4 posted 11-14-2009 08:20 PM

Nice bench

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#5 posted 11-14-2009 09:29 PM

Nice bench MTkate. The slight curve makes it look comfy.

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#6 posted 11-15-2009 09:49 AM

Always good to use scrap…...good job.

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#7 posted 11-15-2009 10:47 AM

It certainly looks comfy.

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#8 posted 11-15-2009 07:55 PM

looks good !

you can’t beat scraps for new ideas ,

no telling where they may lead !

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#9 posted 12-24-2009 05:38 AM

I just came apon your posts. I like your style, you and I think alike, love those scraps, I never turn down scraps no mater what they are or what size. I figure I’ll think up something to make out of them. It never cease to amaze me how wastefull we are, people throw perfectly good lumber away just because a piece may be broken or worst yet I’m ready to change throw this away. Such a waste,my brother had an end table with a built in lamp,missing a few dowl rods and the joints were weak and wobbly and he was going to throw it in the dumpster, I was oooohhh can I have it? He looked at me just like everybody else does, like “that boy ain’t all there is he?” L.O.L. I took it apart and got 40 different patterns off of it, A whole bunch of different shapes sizes and cuts. So far with out really thinking I have about 10 or so new projects to do. {if I can just get the time and space to do them} Good for you on useing scraps and creating such great projects. Keep it up, save a tree. Didn’t realize this close to the holidays I hope you and yours have a happy and safe Holidays.

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#10 posted 12-24-2009 08:41 PM

The best part of it nowadays is that they can no longer call us cheap. They call us “ecolo” or “green” :)

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#11 posted 12-24-2009 08:54 PM

L.O.L. I’ve been called worst, cheap, easy crazy, stupid the list goes on and on. I just some it all up in one little word,,, me. I figure they can call me what ever they want,, just as long as they don’t call me late for supper. Merry Christmas and all my hopes for a happy and safe holidays to you and yours oh I already said that,,, still goes.

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