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Creative Curves: DIY Wooden Bench

This month the Team found a perfectly placed, lonely tree crying out for a seat beneath its boughs. Armed with a new design and hard-wearing meranti, they set out to make this fabulously curvy wooden bench that has added a new dimension to the garden. Why don’t you make a wooden bench too? Simply follow our easy instructions.

What you Need

  • 56 x meranti slats (400 x 96 x 22mm)
  • 5 x meranti slats for the framework and cross-section (2400 x 69 x 22mm)
  • 7 x CCA treated poles (600mm long;
  • 100-175mm diameter)
  • 1 x tub meranti wood filler
  • 200 x full thread cut screws (4 x 35mm)
  • 14 x full thread cut screws (4 x 60mm)
  • 1 x bag stone
  • 1 x bag cement
  • 1 x bag river sand
  • 2 litres Woodoc 30 Exterior
  • Polywax Sealer

Tools

Tape measure, cordless drill and drill bits, jig-saw, putty knife, pencil, spade, paint brush, chalk line powder and sandpaper.

Steps

Step 1: Set out the slats on a flat surface until you get the desired shape. As you go around the curve every second slat will need to be tapered on both sides to a point approximately 20mm wide. Decide how many slats need to be tapered and cut them to size with a jig saw. Set them into place.

wooden bench DIY

Step 2: Cut the framework pieces into metre lengths. Place these cut pieces on top of the slats. Theses lengths will provide the support for the seating slats. Once laid out along the length of the seating slats mark and cut the framework pieces to form two continuous lengths, leaving an overhang of approximately 50mm for the seating slats.

wooden bench framework

Step 3: Once cut, join the slats together using 35mm screws.

Step 4: Fix the seating slats to the framework. Ensure that a 5-10mm gap is left between the seating slats.

wooden bench drilling

Step 5: Using the off cuts of the 2400mm slats, cut two slats (400mm) and place at either end of the framework, also ensuring an overhang of 50mm. Attach by screwing to the framework.Cut four further slats (300mm) and space them equal distances within the framework and screw them into the framework.

wooden bench poles

Step 6: Place a pole next to each cross-section slat and affix the pole to the slat using the 60mm screws.

Step 7: Mark the area for the poles around the tree. Dig holes 200mm deep. Position the bench in the holes and fill them with a mortar mixture using 4 parts of stone, 2 parts of sand and 1 part of cement.

Step 8: Fill any holes in the bench with meranti filler and sand it to remove any sharp edges.

Step 9: Apply three coats of Woodoc 30 Exterior Polywax Sealer to the bench, allowing for drying time between each coat

Tip

To mark the area where the poles are to be dug, place the bench in place and mark around each pole with chalk line powder, flour or sand. Remove the bench and dig the holes.