One of my personal challenges this year is to learn to use the power tools more effectively. I’ve had fun learning to use the brad nailer, the drill and the saws.
Awhile ago I showed you this photo of me cutting some wood for a garden project. I’m finally getting around to showing what I made.
We purchased some long pieces of 2×4 at the lumber store and each had to be cut in half. I ended up with 6 pieces of wood but only needed 5 for the bench. The wood then had to be painted. I had chosen the paint colour last year, Hearty Hosta, to paint the Muskoka chairs.
I learned that the circles on the ends of the wood should be a certain way when used for sitting or walking on. If the circles arch upwards, like a rainbow, the wood is stronger.
Here is the finished product of the chairs newly painted underneath the big trees towards the back of the garden … just perfect for sitting in the shade.
Back to this year’s painting project … the garden bench. This was such an easy project to put together. The bench ends are preformed heavy duty plastic and the wood slots into the spaces with a little banging and coaxing.
These had been under the deck for a year so needed a good clean off first. The sitting part has 3 pieces of wood and the back rest has 2. So I’ve got one piece left over for another project.
Easy, peasy to put together. Then it was time to set it up beside the sign post garden in another shady part of the garden. It’s close to the bridge and you can see the bridge kids fishing off the side.
I can’t resist taking photos, so took some from different perspectives to give you an idea of what it looks like.
If you are close by my area, stop by for a sit and chat on the bench.
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