Saturday, July 16, 2011

How to Make a Simple Wooden Bench

Make a simple wooden bench can be anything from a piece of log cut from a three-legged stool of scrap wood. Here are some ideas on how to do or how to create a simple bench. During a severe winter storm and we have not lost an eighty foot tree white pine next to our path around the lake. Starting to cut the tree branches protruding from the road way I could see that many of the larger, stiffer branches had actually drilled down into the ground. The main trunk of the tree was held horizontally and about three feet above the road. I cut all the branches on the path as flush as possible with the trunk. The elimination of the two ends of the fallen log and cut wood for a campfire, left a long record sixty pretty foot suspended above the ground.

I cut all the branches at the top and back of the trunk, leaving only the branches that were supporting the same session. The grandchildren were busy stacking the cut pieces of logs by the fire ring and is looking forward to a break for lunch. They were asking what was going to do with all that wood, when we finished and I told them I had already finished. After lunch was over I said we would do some banks and all I had to do was sit. They liked that idea very well. The smallest of the three year old granddaughter sat on the record and I could see his feet dangling a foot above the ground. No problem at all. Put it on a safe distance, to cut a flat section at the top of the record of about three meters long and one foot deep. Once as she could easily get into "his" seat and sit down. I repeated this step for each child and three had large private home use. Highest number of seats cut in the register of adults to stop and rest on their rides. These simple "banks" will last many, many years and the cost should be noted, but a little sweat.

Over the years banks have built between two trees close together. There is a trick to do this without harming the tree. Pick two trees about six feet and twelve inches in diameter or more. The use of two two by fours PT sit on either side of the trunks. At the height of a foot and mark with chalk or crayon that is the height of your bank. You want to install three cross braces between the two by fours to hold the length of two four-legged against the trunk of the tree. It looks like a small staircase.

Now add at least three two by four or more legs to the frame. These must be PT too. The frame is held in place by the tree and prevent it from falling. No screws or nails into the trees themselves. Keep the frame slightly loose to allow the trees to power without breaking the bank. Install about two by four cross pieces on the floor of the seats and have another simple and inexpensive beach. A third row can be constructed using any material you can find in the field. Flat stones supporting a great and lasts forever. Doing Good and big stone pillars and robust. You do not want your stone bench. Using a heavy wood, tables used a beam barn, or even a cutting board of a local fallen tree, place it on top of stone pillars and carefully with his ax or knife, shape the bottom the piece of wood to fit snugly over the stones. A couple of hours and have another long-term simple wooden bench.