- 6 June 2020 at 3:38 pm #664370
Does anyone know for a good online tutorial on how to make a garden bench, preferably with armrests? I don’t think Paul has done garden bench for the free projects series.
"Sawdust? I think you'll find that's man-glitter."6 June 2020 at 4:47 pm #664376Larry GeibParticipant
There’s a pretty comprehensive series on making a garden bench in the video files.6 June 2020 at 5:12 pm #664378
That’s good to know, thank you. Right now though I was hoping for something that was free. Like the workbench series.
"Sawdust? I think you'll find that's man-glitter."6 June 2020 at 7:38 pm #664393Larry GeibParticipant
Well, the cost is quite reasonable and would give you access to other tutorials as well. It’s about the cst of one good board.
But if you want to go the free route google is your friend for plans and YouTube. You’ll need to do some work. Time is valuable.
And watch the workbench series and build a workbench. It’s the same skills.
Paul’s tutorials are about process. You’ll learn how to mortise, cut tenons, and prepare wood- all the things you will do to build a bench.
Good luck.7 June 2020 at 8:34 am #664462Colin ScowenParticipant
There are a lot of free plans out there, but they do tend to be more power tool oriented, so you would still have to apply a degree of adaptation to them. It’s not impossible, but it does take some thinking about, and there is almost zero support.
The other option is to subscribe to the email newsletters of some of the magazines, as some will send free plans as a loss leader, others do them as a special offer, others do the occasional free digital issue.
If you want to be truly mercenary, then either 1. look for 14 day trials, sign up, plunder the archives for stuff that interests you, then sign out of the trial again. Or 2. Decide that all you want is simple ideas and that you will do the design yourself, and start looking around at garden centers, gardening websites etc for inspiration.
None of these however will give you as much detail or match to the hand tool way of doing things that Paul has here.7 June 2020 at 8:54 am #664463Colin ScowenParticipant
The other thing to remember is that now that you can construct the basic joints, you can look at a piece that someone else has made and mentally deconstruct it to visualise how difficult it may be for you to try. You can ignore some of the fancy curves and say to yourself, ‘hey, if I made that out of square pieces, it would be two side pieces, a seat piece, a back piece and then just a matter of joining them together’.
Best thing to do is to do a sketch of a simple, square angled, 2 person bench, then break it down in to sub assemblies, then look at each intersection and decide which joint you want to do. Then start building.
The self-knowledge that you can build a bench will give you the confidence to build the next one with a few more challenges (be they more curvy details, a wider armrest, a bench for 3 people, etc).7 June 2020 at 9:44 am #664468
Thanks all for the advice. I’ll do a search and see what is out there and failing that, I’ll very probably pay the subscription for Paul’s garden bench plans.
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