Introduction: Bench and Planter

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This is the almost finished combination of a corner Bench and Planter. In fact there are two benches (120x40cm) and a smaller, half in length (60x40cm) combined with a planter (40x40cm), which can be placed in the garden or outside providing the possibility to fix them in an "L" shape or keep them independent and move in any position you like around. You might inspect a very simple plan in xls, but in depends on the width of the boards you can source out or the kind of the wood. Use your own creative ideas and you will find a lot of solutions to build asimilar one.

Step 1:

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The whole project was finished within a month, some afternoon two-hours woodwork. It followed various stages, 1) ourtsourcing the wooden logs from used pallets, 2) planning and cutting the needed pieces, 3) sanding and preparing to be appropriate for the final stage 4) assembly.

Some simple tools, about 4 pallets wood, and a foldable workbench with a flat surface contributed in this outdoor furniture make.

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The surface was planned and sometimes was sanded to remove the smudges and receive an almost white bare wood sense. Nevertheless, some dents and initial holes from the nails have remained to prove that the initial material was a previous pallet wood.

Usually the logs do not have the same thickness or the same features in hardness or structure. You have to accumulate the number of parts you think are enough. Some spare must be included too. You never are so accurate in cutting, you discover that another piece might fix better in a place instead of another.

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There are many choices for the kind of the bench you prefer to build. I chose for the upper seat short cross pieces (12 of 9X40cm for the big and 6 for the smaller). Also, I chose a vertical arrangment of the planter's sides. In every case you need enough screws and at least two electric screwdrivers to finish the fixing quickly. If you prefer a slower pace, it's up to you, but my experience says that it is not a weekend job. You need more time AND IT WORTHS TO ENJOY IT IN EVERY STAGE!!!

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For painting I chose a mahogany paint, to preserve it for long, which later gives an orange tone on the wooden surface and remains transparent for the wood grains and waves. Surely, an oil paint is much easier and you can save a lot of time of the planning and sanding procedure. It might cover the whole surface with a satin like way. It is your own choice.

Needful are special under-heels (they are sold in sets of 4 and they have a nail, rubber and metal cup under it). They protect the legs from any damage on hard surface or wetness and can be easily drag when needed).

A final protection with a seal can be added later on after a fine sanding.

I hope you enjoyed this structure and may generate better ideas for your plans!

Step 5: Two Is Better...

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I constructed one more planter, so I can arrange it better, separate or combine them together, with some greenery pots.

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What added more, were two small solar lamps, which give an attractive night light.

Comments

jaredg85 (author)2014-10-03

Had a go this afternoon thanks for the idea

patty_patt_patt (author)2014-08-25

Pretty cool instructable, next time your could consider using deck stain.

shazni (author)2014-07-06

Looks really nice :-)

doodlecraft (author)2014-06-30

Wow, super cool! I'd love this on my porch! :)

kurnous34 (author)2014-06-30

simple design and pleasing to the eye. I like it.

AmateurBuilder (author)2014-06-29

Use 2 vertical beams of 120X9X2cm to support the seating boards [12 of 40X9X2cm] and taper them with 2 panels of 36X9X2cm.

Use 2 vertical beams of 60X9X2cm to support the seating boards [6 of 40X9Xcm] and taper them with 2 panles of 36X9X2cm.

Legs height is 45cm.

Follow your instict and the material you find to create the set you think is suitable for you. I will try to post a very simple scetch. Thank you for your interest!

craftclarity (author)2014-06-27

Looks beautiful! Could you post plans or dimensions?

JKFrey (author)2014-12-09

This is a really awesome concept, I plan on building one of these in the future. I really like that you can easily make extra matching pieces and measure them to fit any porch. It's like a sectional for your outdoor space! Thanks for sharing!

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