None of us had made a bench for a while, but Geoff dusted off our old design template for the legs and set about explaining the task at hand.
Our approach is quite simple – criss-crossed pieces, screwed and reinforced – but the trick is in getting the angles correct. This can take some trial and error to begin with. If you try, remember to make sure the seat is a nice height and depth, and the backrest is on a comfortable slant. Play around with the timber until it works. If in doubt, find a bench seat and copy its design.
Kavi, Thierry and Andy were hard at work, while Phil and Leharna streaked ahead of the rest.
And here are the three finished benches, together with their builders. As you can see, each bench – and each human – turned out different and beautiful, in their own way.
We’re planning on using the benches for some chair bombing. In the coming weeks, we’ll be setting them down on a nice piece of nature strip, some place where neighbours and passers-by can sit and shoot the breeze.
Next month’s workshop, on August 20, will be on making planter boxes from pallets. It’s filling fast, so contact the UBC if you’re keen.