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Create a focal point in your garden with this Japanese-style bench.

You will need: Four and a half metres of 300mm x 50mm tanalised timber, one 100mm x 100mm fence post, one 1800mm fence paling, exterior wood glue, 50mm galvanised nails, approx 40, 100mm galvanised nails, approx 20, skilsaw, hammer, paint brush, sander, tape measure, pencil and 90° set square. Resene Quick Dry Acrylic Primer Undercoat and Resene Lumbersider in Resene Nero and Resene Red Berry.

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Step 1 how to make a Japanese-style bench

Step 1
With the tape measure, pencil and set square, mark the 300mm x 50mm timber into five 900mm lengths, then cut to size with the skilsaw. This will form the seat.

Step 2 how to make a Japanese-style bench

Step 2
Cut eight 200mm lengths from the fence paling to form the seat dividers. Cut four 320mm lengths from the fence post to form the base plinths.

Step 3 how to make a Japanese-style bench

Step 3
Prime the seat planks with one coat of Resene Quick Dry Acrylic Primer Undercoat. Prime all the edges and ends of the paling dividers and base plinths.

Step 4 how to make a Japanese-style bench

Step 4
Glue the bare wood faces of the base plinths together using exterior wood glue. Allow to dry completely.

Step 5 how to make a Japanese-style bench

Step 5
Attach the dividers to each seating plank with glue and 50mm galvanised nails, positioning them 100mm in from each end.

Step 6 how to make a Japanese-style bench

Step 6
Paint with two coats of Resene Nero, leaving edges of the seat and the front of dividers unpainted, as shown.

Step 7 how to make a Japanese-style bench

Step 7
Attach seating planks together with glue and 100mm galvanised nails, ensuring nails go through both the planks and dividers.

Step 8 how to make a Japanese-style bench

Step 8
Paint the edges of the bench with three coats of Resene Red Berry. Glue the seat on to the two sections of base, in line with the dividers. Allow to dry.

 
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