Make a DIY Stone and Wood Bench Quickly and Easily
Still a place of calm and solace to sit and soak in nature
This Charming Bench is Nestled in its Newest Home...
Shaded Most of the Day but Some Sunshine Peeks Through, Too
The sun gently kissed the area softening it a bit. Come on over and sit for a while with me....
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
Recently I have 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.
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
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.
A lovely place for a little boy to play, too.
- 70-90 rumble stones
- 3 ---2x6 boards
- flat straight brackets
- Placement of stones
- Lay your first 5 stones as shown in photo #1
- Place the second 5 stones the opposite way as shown in photo #2
- Continue alternating in same pattern till you reach the height you wish.
- The ones shown are 10 high as that was the height needed for vertically challenged legs.
- Then, measure distance to determine where 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 the board and beside it to make it level.
- Then you will make the second column
- Place the board on at this point.
- Look at photo # 6. Place two stones on the board. Then add more stones until it is even and you can continue the pattern used previously.
- Follow this procedure on both sides.
- I did not use all 90 stones on the bench.
- 20 were used to form a rustic path leading up into the garden.
About the boards:
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.
Side View to Show First Two Layers
Materials Awaiting Use
Step # 4 progess is being made
Step # 5 both columns are complete
Step #6 placement of board
Another peek at the finished bench
A great little resting spot...
A welcoming garden....
Make your own place to soak in the calm around you
Find a quiet spot on your property to make 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.
© 2013 Patricia Scott