"Old School" Benches

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Project by MadeinMT posted 340 days ago 1551 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A retired teacher from my town approached me. The high school was replacing some of the bleacher planks in the old, original gym and she had acquired a couple of them. She asked me to make some deck benches using the planks. She and many others in our small town have many, many pleasant memories from the gym – which served as the main high school gym until ‘99 – and she thought the benches would be good gifts and momentos.

The planks are fir and were 16’ long by 11” wide. After looking at many, many bench designs on this site and others, I came up with a simple design that uses kreg joints as well as countersunk screws with wood plugs. The horizontal board that connects the legs is notched to provide a strong mechanical joint to keep the legs from splaying. All the new wood is pine. The teacher plans to finish some benches with polyurethane, and some with a dark green stain (the school color).

I’ve made seven benches, with seven to go. We left any hardware in place as we thought it looked cool. And, yes, any gum stuck on the underneath side was left in place as well.

-- Ron, Montana

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#1 posted 340 days ago

You came up with a nice design. The chase was worth it. Good job.



PS: I love benches!

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#2 posted 339 days ago

very nice

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#3 posted 336 days ago

Cool and sturdy benches and they are great and useful mementos of the old gym. Great job!

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