Take a Knee

Kneeling Pad

Kneeling pad

Do your knees ever take strain and start to ache from the many hours spent on them taking care of your garden? We’ve got the solution for you, in the form of a kneeling pad!

What you Need
Timber cutting list (we used laminated saligna board)
3 x (450mm x 225mm x 22mm)
2 x (225mm x 22mm x 22mm supports)
4 x (5mm x 50mm) cut screws
12 x (4mm x 35mm) cut screws
Wood glue
Wood sealant
4 x large cup hooks
Foam cut to 450mm x 225mm (we used 40mm thick foam, but use what you can find)
Material to cover the foam

Pencil, tape measure, combination square, cordless drill driver, 22mm wood speed bit, jigsaw, paint brush

Kneeling pad

What you Do

1.Measure and cut all your timber to size. Two of the 450mm pieces will be the legs. At one end of each, find the centre and make a mark 20mm up from the base. Measure and mark two points 50mm in from each side on the base and join these points to your centre mark. Cut this triangle out with the jigsaw to give the legs a bit of character.

Kneeling pad

2.Measure 50mm down from the top of the legs and draw a line across the board. Mark two points 60mm in from the sides on your line. Using the 22mm speed bit, drill two holes at these points. Next, make a line joining the tops and bottoms of each hole and cut along these lines with the jigsaw to make the handle slots.

Kneeling pad

3.After sanding all the edges smooth, measure 90mm up from the base of the legs and fix the supports to them using wood glue and the 35mm screws. Countersink all your screws for a neater finish.

Kneeling pad
Kneeling pad

4.You can now fix the bench’s base to the supports using wood glue and screws.

5.To strengthen your bench, drive the 50mm screws through the legs into the base. Drill a pilot hole for these screws to prevent your timber from splitting.

6.Screw cup hooks into the sides of the legs from which to hang gardening tools.

7.Cover the foam in your selected material and place it on the kneeling pad to make it more comfortable.

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