While I love doing projects for my house, it’s much more fun to make them for my friends and family! My sister, Nina, and I have been talking about doing some kind of outdoor project for her yard for awhile. While we were talking on the phone, she showed me this picture on her Pinterest:
With my amazing internet detective skills, I found the project on the This Old House website.
Now, my process in woodworking projects is to read the instructions, get a vague understanding of how it works, and kind of just go from there. First, I decided to build the bench out of 2x4s. While it wouldn’t be as sturdy as decking, it was a cheaper and more easily available option. And I knew that Nina would end up painting it anyways. So when figuring out how much wood to buy, the directions say to take the diameter of the tree, add 6-12 inches, divide by 1.75, and that would give you the length of the smallest board.
This led to my first mistake where I actually used the circumference, instead of the diameter. I ended up buying way too much wood, and this led to multiple recuts, but luckily, I had already cut the 30 degree angle on the other end. To make all the cuts, I used my miter saw. Without it, cutting all of those angles would be been almost impossible for me. If you want to do this project, I highly recommend it.
I wish I had more pictures of the process, but just imagine me cutting a crap ton of boards in my sister’s garage.
All in all, the project took me about five hours. The things I didn’t do were sand, paint, or dig out the soil under legs. If I could do it again, I would try and make it a little more sturdy. I ended up not buying enough carriage bolts, so I instead attached the legs with screws. I’ll have to end up adding more more pieces of wood for support.
Hooray for making things! I’ll update with new pictures after it gets painted.