The base is not your customary 2 blocks under the bench-
I wanted something unique and to push my limits of creating a one of a kind concrete bench. I also thought this could be sturdier than the traditional type benches that can wobble if the ground is not stable. I will be working with other forms soon to create yet another bench base and inspire all of you to create your very own concrete bench.
The base takes a full 80lb bag of concrete mix and I would use the Sakrete 5000 plus or other concrete mix with fibers for
durability and strength. I hope the directions are easy to understand and follow-if not please let me know so that I can ‘tweak’ them.
My hubby helped me with this project because I am a creator and my brain quits at anything remotely technical LOL. My hubby also had to help me stir and pour the 80lbs of concrete (I have some physical limitations now and his help is greatly appreciated). Anyhow, I am in love with my concrete bench and cannot wait until I do the next one a bit different and maybe even paint it! I really want a whimsical and fun one for a remote corner in the back yard. I also have an order for one from a good friend and neighbor who walked by and saw us placing it under the tree. I love that my yard and my creations spark an interest in others to garden and to enjoy the beauty of nature.
There is no exact science in creating and sometimes the 1st idea or project may not turn out the way you want. Do not get discouraged because creating is not about perfection-it is about end result of working with your hands and your mind to create a piece that will be placed in your garden or your home that will remind you of the day you created this wonderful piece.
I hope I inspired you to create and explore the possibilities of building your own bench. Have fun and remember that if at first it does not work, TRY AGAIN!
HAPPY GARDENING AND CREATING EVERYONE.
The materials you will need: drill driver, tape measure, 1 1/2″ screws, level, 2x4x8, 80lb bag of concrete mix, tub, spade to stir, palm or other sander,
From the sheet of plywood you bought for the base for the concrete base top, you will use the 12″ strip that you had them cut down for the sides of the bench. the measurements are as follows for the plywood:
(2) 12″x 9 1/2″ (2) 12″ x 13 1/2″ (2) 12″ x 14″
you will need to cut the 2×4 down into (2) 12″ pieces and if you are capable cut 2 more 12″ pieces down to create the 2x2x12″ pieces needed or purchase a 2x2x8 and cut 4 pieceshe
I have the full details on Hometalk.com -http://www.hometalk.com/3877196/part-2-directions-for-concrete-bench-base
As soon as I can I will get the full directions on here. because I admit I am a very Technology challenged person.