Stephen Taylor
Stephen Taylor
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  • New Zealand

Easy(ish) Garden Seat / Bench / Tree Protector

12 Materials
$100
3 Hours
Medium

You can never have too much garden seating, and my wife had planted some fruit trees (Grapefruit, plum and Banana), which were often run into by our clumsy dogs. So as I had a couple of hours to spare and a fair bit of timber left over from other projects* -- here we go

* I am terrible at estimating how much wood I need for doing things and always order too much

easy ish garden seat bench tree protector
easy ish garden seat bench tree protector
Step 1: Materials and Tools

A couple of 2.4 m fence posts

Some 4x2 (about 9m)

Decking

Nails (150mm - 6inch and 75mm - 3 inch)

Chop saw

Jigsaw

Hammer

Spirit level

Tape Measure

Drill

Post Hole digger

easy ish garden seat bench tree protector
easy ish garden seat bench tree protector
Step 2: Cut the Rails and the Legs

I cut 6 lengths of 4x2 for the rails 1.5 m long, to make them a little more aesethically pleasing (ie less chunky) I cut a 45 degree bevel at each end

I also cut 6 pieces of 4x4 for legs, these were 800mm long (so I could get 3 out of each post)

easy ish garden seat bench tree protector
Step 3: Making the Frames

I nailed the rails (2) to the legs (2) using the delicate carpentry of 6 inch nails

easy ish garden seat bench tree protector
Step 4: Setting Out

I put the frames in position and measured the angle between them using a big protractor (which I stole from somewhere years ago!) 120 degrees between them

This gave me the positions to dig the holes

easy ish garden seat bench tree protector
Step 5: Dig It Baby!!

I used my ancient post hole digger for the holes, this thing, despite being 50 years plus old is so efficient for digging, planting etc, I borrowed a motorised one once and it was slower and bruising, I love this thing!

The chicken was a huge help!!

easy ish garden seat bench tree protector
Step 6: Frames in Position

All put in place at a comfortable seat height and levelled

easy ish garden seat bench tree protector
Step 7: Planning the Seat Base

I'm not a big fan of straight lines so....

Using a couple of pieces of scrap and a long piece of plastic conduit, plus a couple of nails I planned out the curves of the seat that I wanted.

I then used that as a template for cutting the decking

easy ish garden seat bench tree protector
Step 8: Decking Nailed on and Cut to Shape

I nailed all the pieces of decking on with 75mm nails and marked the curves with a vivid/sharpie/marker pen (depending what country you are in!)

I then cut the curve with a Jigsaw

Just need to stain it I guess

All told took about 3 hours between rainstorms

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3 questions
  • Susan Cox
    on Aug 4, 2018

    Hi--lovely job. I'm not much of a woodworker and have a question--did you cut all the seat pieces individually before installation or install them and then cut them with a jigsaw or something?

    • Joe Jones
      on Apr 29, 2019

      Meme303 it wasn’t a good question since it was literally step 8 and he said exactly that he used conduit for the template and cut it with a jigsaw

  • Sunny
    on Aug 4, 2018

    great job but I hope you intend to round off those 6 sharp corners???

    • Meme303
      on Aug 11, 2018

      This is perfect! Just the way it is.

      I just started using electric tools.

      What an adrenaline rush!

      Woo-Hoo!! Now I'm on a tool hunt! My cousin has a few acres of land, much of that has trails & interesting openings. The woods hug their home and this would be absolutely fantastic there! (I live in an apt :(

      She is reponsible for putting tools in my hands! Lol

      I, personally, would not change one curve on this bench. She wont either!

  • Meme303
    on Aug 11, 2018

    Being new to woodworking, where is a good place to find out about 'leveling'

    and securing it? For me, it would be best to watch someone doing it and talking me through it. That's not looking good!

    Are the 4x4's just leveled and resting in place or are they cemented in?

    • Stephen Taylor
      on Aug 11, 2018

      I just used a spirit level to make sure that it was flat and the legs are 80 cm but the seat height is approximately 45 cm so about 35 cm is buried and no they are not concretedi

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  • Meme303
    on Aug 23, 2018

    Sounds like my cousin, who does have all the skills needed, will be making this. She's hoping under a willow tree in the back of her house. They have 3 acres. Oh believe me! I will be there to participate and learn a thing or two! Lol we'll be making it just as it shows. Sorry, no rounding of corners. I think it'll take away from it's character. It's ok. I bump into things And i wear a fall button.

    "Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!"

    Yeah, that one 🤣🤣

    It'll be next year's project. They bought the house one year ago and have other projects going. Like building a shed large enough for an RV! Keeping the instructions and materials needed.

    I'll post it but most people won't remember the project. So excited...and a little manic. Sorry lol Cousin and hubby already plan on this. They Love it!

  • Meme303
    on Sep 1, 2018

    I'm not sure how to save this project.

    we will post our project when we're done. remember..it'll be in a year Lol

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