Make it this weekend: DIY picket-fence garden seat
Gardeners everywhere understand the joy of sitting back and admiring the fruits of their labours.
Position this easy-to-make bench in a corner of your garden, and you'll always have somewhere to sit with a cup or tea or a wine and enjoy the view.
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* 12m x 100mm x 50mm treated pine
* 7 x 1m Gothic pickets
* 1 x 1.2m Gothic pickets
* 2 x 900mm x 900mm post tops
* 10g x 50mm countersunk screws
* 10g x 75mm countersunk screws
* 1 litre paint (I used Resene Lumbersider 'Grape')
* power saw
* power drill
* set square
* sandpaper & wood filler
From the 100mm x 50mm pine, cut:
* 4 x 1200mm lengths
* 1 x 1130mm length
* 1 x 905mm length
* 2 x 800mm lengths
* 6 x 400mm lengths
1 Screw 2 x 400mm lengths and 1 x 800mm length together with the 75mm screws, as shown, to form the seat and leg frame.
2 Fit another 400mm length as a brace 60mm up from the bottom, as shown.
Make another frame for the other side.
3 Stand seat frames upright, and starting at the back, position one 1200mm length on frame.
You'll need to allow for a 30mm overhang at each end.
Screw in place.
4 Using a spacer to allow for gaps, position the remaining three 1200mm lengths on the seat frame.
Screw in place using the 75mm screws.
5 On the back side of the seat, position the 1130mm length at the top, flush with the two upright posts.
6 Cut the seven 1m pickets 850mm long.
Trace outline of picket top on straight end of 1.2m picket. Put aside.
Screw the seven pickets to seat using the 50mm screws.
7 Using a jigsaw, cut the traced outline on the 1.2m picket.
Sand to smooth edges.
Attach the picket to the front of the bench seat using the 50mm screws.
8 Attach 905mm length at base of seat in centre.
Fix post tops to either side of the seat. Fill screw holes with wood filler. Paint.
- NZ Gardener