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Re Garden Seat
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Hi, I built three garden benches and one planter at a total cost of under $190 using all brand new material.
I live in Hawaii and as you can imagine everything is way more expensive.
I'm sure someone in the continental U.S. can make them cheaper. They all came out strong and perfect.
I only modified one bench by making it 8 feet long and the planter by making the supports 22 inches long
instead of 14 inches to add height and be able to use it as an arm rest.
Build time was a little over 2 hours for the first bench,
under 2 hours for the second bench and 1 hour 20 minutes for the third bench (8 foot bench).
It get's way easier the more you do it. The planter took me about 2 hours as well.
All this was before sanding and finishing. About me,
I'm just an average guy with no prior skills in making furniture or carpentry skills. All I did was follow the steps. The angle of the backrest and the width of the seats are perfect. The benches are very comfortable.
Now, I do have some tips that I stumbled upon.
When I bought the material I bought 14 2x4x8s and enough bolts to make two benches.
I noticed that if you follow the instructions by cutting the longer pieces first you will use
exactly 7 planks of 2x4x8 no more, no less with very little leftover material.
So when you go buy your material just buy 7 2x4x8s and the necessary bolts.
That's it! Total cost for the 7 boards and 10 bolts was $44.95.
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