Kill two birds with one stone with this attractive bench seat-cum-screen.
You will need: Tanalised 100mm x 100mm fence posts cut to the following lengths:
Also required: Fence capping (two 1800mm), 14 x 1800mm fence palings (cut 10 of these down to 1250mm), 60mm galvanised nails, four 200mm galvanised bolts with washers, exterior construction glue, skill saw, hammer, drill with 10mm drill bit, belt sander and chisel. One litre Resene Woodsman Penetrating Oil Stain tinted to Resene Rangitoto.
To get the look: the bench is surrounded with a 5mm layer of bark chips. The grape ‘Schuyler’ is part of the Incredible Edibles ranch.
Set the skill saw blade to a depth of 50mm and cut two lines across the four legs 350mm and 450mm from bottom. Cut a series of close lines across the four legs and remove with a hammer and chisel.
Nail and glue the side beams to the front legs, then drill a 100mm hole as shown and bolt the front beam to the front legs. Repeat with the back legs and back beam.
Nail and glue three fence palings to form the seat. Cut a fourth paling to fit along the back edge.
Nail and glue the lower length of fence capping along the back of the seat and slide the fence palings into position between the upper and lower lengths of fence capping, ensuring they’re evenly spaced. Fix the top fence capping to the top of the rear legs with glue and nails.
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