Make it this weekend: DIY picket-fence garden seat

A colourful garden feature for sun or shade.
JASON CREAGHAN

A colourful garden feature for sun or shade.

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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MATERIALS

* 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 
* jigsaw
* clamps 
* set square
* sandpaper & wood filler

CUTTING MEASUREMENTS

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

Step 1: Start screwing together the frame.
JASON CREAGHAN

Step 1: Start screwing together the frame.

INSTRUCTIONS

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.

Step 2: Fit the brace for the side.
JASON CREAGHAN

Step 2: Fit the brace for the 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.

Step 3: Position the first length on the seat and screw in place.
JASON CREAGHAN

Step 3: Position the first length on the seat and screw in place.

4 Using a spacer to allow for gaps, position the remaining three 1200mm lengths on the seat frame.

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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. 

Step 4: Using a spacer, position and screw the remaining three 1200mm lengths.
JASON CREAGHAN

Step 4: Using a spacer, position and screw the remaining three 1200mm lengths.

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.

Step 5: Position and screw the top length to the back.
JASON CREAGHAN

Step 5: Position and screw the top length to the back.

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.

Step 6: Cut, position and screw pickets.
JASON CREAGHAN

Step 6: Cut, position and screw pickets.

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.

Step 7: Cut and attach the final picket to the front of the bench seat
JASON CREAGHAN

Step 7: Cut and attach the final picket to the front of the bench seat

Step 8: Attach final posts, then paint in the colour of your choice.
JASON CREAGHAN

Step 8: Attach final posts, then paint in the colour of your choice.

 - NZ Gardener

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