MAKE a SLATE ROCK BENCH FOR 3 DOLLARS!

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About: I am married with two children. Spring, summer, and fall are my very favorite times of the year. I enjoy working in the yard, sewing, cooking, quilting, gardening, and creating. I do this to keep my sanity.

I am not sure what type of rock this is but I will call it a fake slate stone.  It is plentiful in my area.  We are landscaping our yard and our back porch had these for a patio for many years.  We are building a deck and don't need them but decided to use them for decorating other areas of our yard.  I wanted a bench and made this using  concrete blocks for the legs. 

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Step 1: SUPPLIES

ONE LARGE LONG FLAT ROCK
2 CONCRETE BLOCKS
SHOVEL
ELBOW GREECE




Step 2: LEVEL AREA WHERE YOU WILL PLACE BENCH

Level the area where you will be placing the bench so it does not wobble, using a shovel or rake. 

Step 3: SET CONCRETE BLOCKS IN PLACE

Set your concrete blocks in place so they will fit under slate rock. 

Step 4: PLACE YOUR FAKE SLATE ON TOP OF CONCRETE BLOCKS

Place your fake slate on top of your concrete blocks.  Now you can enjoy your new slate bench!  That was easy wasn't it?  AND just think it only cost a few bucks and a little bit of labor.  You could use many different things for the legs.  You could use post or legs from something that you are no longer using.  This bench has many possibilities.  You can paint it a solid color or create some kind of art work on it.  I wanted a more natural look so that is why I did not paint it.  I used concrete because it was easy to make.  No holes to dig.  If you don't need  a bench, make a table top out of one! 

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    3 Discussions

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    Marble77

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I think you can do better. The use of cinder blocks, when the inner structure is exposed is unsightly. If it proves difficult to find natural pieces to provide the proper support ( hight/flat spread)then you must cover the open sides of the cinder blocks with pattieo blocks, found in the same color and size.

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    Creativeman

    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is a cool project!  was that whole top piece a part of the patio, or did you pour it?  Nice job. Cman

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    sunshiineCreativeman

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    The bench is one complete slate rock which was part of a patio that had 100 slate rocks in it.  They were set with dirt like you would set stepping stones.  We got about 3 or 4 slate rocks about the size of this bench.  Thank you for your comment.