Make a DIY Stone and Wood Bench Quickly and Easily
Recently, I dedicated a small garden in my yard to a loved one who left the planet too soon. It is a happy place filled with all of the lovely memories that we all shared as he grew to become the most remarkable individual we loved more with each passing day. His Momma provided the materials for the bench that is shown in this article.
Although it has only been completed for a few short days, it has already become a welcome place to stop and just enjoy the loveliness of nature for a few minutes. No matter the season, no matter the weather, we can pause for a bit, catch our breath, and find ourselves in tune with the universe.
To make a sturdy charming bench for your yard is a DIY project that you can put together in about one hour. When it is finished, admirers will think that it took much longer than it actually did. This particular bench is sturdy and attractive and can be moved to another location without too much difficulty.
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.— John Lubbock
How to Make a Stone and Wood Bench
Here's how to make your own stone and wood bench:
- 70–90 rumble stones
- 3 boards (2x6)
- flat, straight brackets
- Lay your first first stones as shown in step #1 (below).
- Place the second five stones the opposite way as shown in step #2.
- Continue alternating in the same pattern until you reach the height you wish. (The ones shown are 10 layers high, as that was the height needed for vertically challenged legs.)
- Measure the distance from your first column to where you want to begin the second column. You will want to allow space to the left of the board, as you will place stones on top of and beside the board to make it level.
- Make the second column using the same method as you did with the first.
- Place the board on top of the two columns in accordance with the photo in step #6. Place two stones on the board. Then add more stones until it is even. (You can continue the pattern used previously.) Follow this procedure on both sides.
- Join the boards using the straight, flat brackets. It is nice to do this, as the water can drain through the cracks in the board when it rains, rather than pooling on the seat of the bench.
Note: I did not end up using all 90 stones on the bench. I used about 20 to form a rustic path leading up into the garden.
Step #1: Begin Stacking the Stones
Step #2: Start a Second Layer of Stone
Step #3: Complete the Second Layer
Side View to Show First Two Layers
Step #4: Progress Is Being Made
Step #5: Both Columns Are Complete
Step #6: Placement of Board
The Finished Bench
You're all done! Now you have a quiet spot on your property with your very own bench and garden. Taking time to relax for a moment and reflect is renewing for sure. Moving away from the scheduled sometimes hectic lives we live to a place of solitude regenerates the soul.
Finding a New Home
Being able to relocate this bench brings me much joy. Originally it had been built as a way to honor the memory of my nephew (about whom I wrote here on this site as he left the planet too soon). So taking it along to a new destination brings me much happiness and will make his mother, my sister, very happy as well.
Update: Once again, the house I live in has sold and barring some unforeseen snafu, I will relocate. I am thrilled that this stone bench that has great sentimental value will go with me and find a new spot in the yard of the new place I find.
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.— John Ruskin
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