Another project: Bench!

Last weekend was the planter box. The weekend before that was this bench.

I wanted to post about it immediately, but I hadn't stained it yet and I don't like posting images of projects that are not finished -- I did that with the screen and wish I had waited. Anyway, let's see the bench...


I don't have too much to say about it, other than the design was a bit complicated. I need to figure out how to make this easier to build.

I relied on the "cubes" style of the coffee table again, modified to fit the design.

The main feature is the stone panels:

(Those panels are also the reason this was so difficult to make!)

The "stone" is actually ceramic tile, rated for outdoor use so they should be freeze-proof.

It looks great with the coffee table!

I wonder where I'll put this? I like it in front of the bamboo but that's my main mid-day work area, being the only shady spot on the driveway in early afternoon. Hmmm...


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Mark and Gaz  – (July 30, 2015 at 8:56 AM)  

So cool! It also had a Japanese look to it too.

Perhaps a blog post on how you made them? We'd be delighted to find out your techniques :)

Anonymous –   – (July 30, 2015 at 9:41 AM)  

I LOVE your bench,it's perfection in style,color,size and you can?change out the tile. You should make a small bistro table in this style. You are very talented

danger garden  – (July 30, 2015 at 10:15 AM)  

Wow....that's amazing! It looks so fab next to the bamboo and with the table. I guess I do like stained wood on the garden. (reflecting back on my comment about the planter box).

Alan  – (July 30, 2015 at 11:57 AM)  

Mark/Gaz: I plan to make more of these, so I'll post about it after I figure out the best way to make them. This first one probably had lots of extra steps.

Anon: Thank you! Yes you can change out the tiles, although they are 8" tiles which is not the most common size.

Loree: Thanks! In front of the bamboo is really a perfect spot for these pieces, but I'm not sure that I can have a full "living room" set on the driveway... :)

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (July 30, 2015 at 1:12 PM)  

I love it too. I'd pay good money for this combo. Have you ever thought of selling your creations? There could be quite a market for you.

Salty Pumpkin Studio  – (July 30, 2015 at 5:10 PM)  

Excellent work! Its beautiful. I can see it indoors in a chic living room. You can make custom furniture.

In winter, I'd cover it because of the ice expanding and contracting thing.

Hoover Boo  – (July 30, 2015 at 6:13 PM)  

Wow! Your projects get better and better! It looks perfect with the bamboo, very Asian-style. Good stain job, too.

outlawgardener  – (July 30, 2015 at 9:55 PM)  

Another gorgeous creation, Alan! It does look great by the bamboo.

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