Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Porch Bench in the making

I have been wanting some new porch benches so my husband and I decided we would build them ourselves.We had some pressure treated lumber that was not being used so we are making the porch benches out of that lumber.He was off work last week so it was a good time to get the benches started.We only got one done last week ,but over the next few weekends we are going to build a few more benches.Since they are out of treated lumber we are going to do a few benches to set out around the pond.We enjoy sitting out at the pond and letting the goats eat brush and the benches will make nice sitting areas under the oak tree.We cut the seat of the bench about 5 ft. and then cut the legs they are around24 ins.There is a V cut into the bottom of the legs and then cut flat on each point so it will sit level.We used galvanized screws to assemble it.There is a brace screwed in under the seat at each leg for stability. Here we are making the bench and starting the sanding process,we have had rain all week so I just got started sanding it really well today.I will try and get the sanding finished up tomorrow.Then comes the task of making the choice to stain the bench or put a beautiful country style painting on them.That is the one thing I have not made a decision on yet,I am thinking that for the porch benches I will do a nice country style painting effect,and on the benches that will be at the pond I will stain and add water sealer and a couple of coats of clear varnish.I will add the water sealer and clear varnish to the porch benches also.

When I am finished sanding and start on the painting I will post pictures so you can see the progress of the work until i am finished with the porch benches.I have a few more outdoor projects I want to get done before Spring arrives,but this is my starting point.


Romona said...

Hi Charlotte, It looks like you have your work cut out for you... ;o))) but just think how great it's all going to be when it's done. Good bad we don't live closer, we could work on projects together...Romona

Grammy said...

Oh how wonderful you are bringing back wonderful memory's for me. I loved sitting by the pond and had plenty of places to sit. It have learn the stain or paint don't hold up well in winter. Stain if covered will last longer than pain. I once had a porch and floor paint from braud dugan last for years. But it is no linger available. But if you can find a marine paint or stain that is going to last the longest time. Or just enjoy redoing them every year. Thanks for your kind wishes.

Melinda said...

Oh I just LOVE handmade furniture! That's so neat.

Thanks for your kind words on my Sacred Birth post. As I was writig it I really didn't know if anyone would be interested in reading it or not, but I felt so passionate about sharing it.

Lady Katherine said...

Hi! I opened your page and Creighton was watching and He was so excited! There's Grandpappy's yellow airplane, on Don's shirt! I explained, to him, that you and Don are our friends and Don used to work with us, and Creighton road in Don's yellow truck to come and see me. Terry had come see Don working! lol The bench looks great! Someone at the Home Depot said you could not paint treated wood, so let me know how it goes. I want to use it for my white fence post and paint them white. So if you find out which paint that will work on treated wood let me know. Trying to get Terry to go to my Daddys and just get cedar, he says it will not paint well! Something has to work! Your bench looks like the ones grandma had. I have one I made I put a board through the middle under the seat to hold up. Terry thinks the goat will have the baby, maybe today, I hope while the sun is out. I checked on her at 4:00 this morning. Me outside in the mud, with a flash light. I couldn't sleep, so I took a good walk. lol

Leedra said...

Great project. Thanks for coming by for a visit. I hope you will return. I have clicked to follow you for a while until I see if your blog does interest me. I will be stopping by now and then, hope you will do the same.

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