A Benchmark

IMG_2480I couldn’t resist the opportunity of posting a boring photo of what is quite literally ‘a bench mark’ – too good an opportunity to miss!

In a lull from other things the Golfer has been prompted to make a replacement for the circular bench that is on the cobbled circle between the blue & white borders. The bench was made perhaps about ten years ago to fit the curve of the circle, taking the Golfer about three prototypes before the radius was correct. It has been a real success and looked great but is beginning to rot in places and fall apart where the dowels he used to construct it are disintegrating.

IMG_2481Rather than rushing straight into making a carbon copy the Golfer did listen to my design amendment suggestions, and a slightly shorter bench with three bays instead of four was agreed on. He has also learned to balance his anxiousness to please me by completing a task with checking there are no amendments required before completion. Thus, after my sudden brainwave of keeping the bays separate giving a bench in three parts which could be used together or separately, the design was quickly modified, but it took my sitting on a prototype to convince him that the seat needed to be deeper and the back rest not as high. I will also be painting them whilst they are partially constructed, far easier than trying to access all surfaces when they are finished. Impatiently wanting a photo to post now we will have to be content with the partially deconstructed left hand section below, prior to the back being fully reduced and the slats removed for painting:



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11 Responses to A Benchmark

  1. Love the tutorial and suggestions for modifications…really helpful photos.

  2. Pauline says:

    Fantastic, how marvellous to make your own garden furniture, you must be so proud of The Golfer!

    • Cathy says:

      Oh indeed – and he is self taught, the original curved bench being one of his first projects. As an engineer he has many transferable skills, mostly useful πŸ™‚

  3. Definitely a man of talent! Lucky you! Does he cook as well? πŸ˜‰

    • Cathy says:

      He does cook once a week but it is not his forte – we are both practical people so we tend to do what we are best at. I love working with wood too but the Golfer is so much better than me! It is so satisfying being able to do all these things ourselves – and yes we are lucky that we can, but it’s all been learning on the job πŸ˜‰

  4. croftgarden says:

    Where did you find this paragon virtue and many talents? If you can clone him I’d consider polyandry.
    Nice bench!

    • Cathy says:

      πŸ™‚ I am sure the Golfer wouldn’t me telling you that like the rest of us he is not perfect and has his faults too. But yes, the replacement bench is going to be brilliant – I am treating it to 3 coats of Garden Shades instead of the 2 I usually let myself get away with…. πŸ˜‰

  5. bittster says:

    Great job on the first and the next looks promising too! I’m feeling lazy as I look at my store bought plastic seating πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      The original was good in its day, but the design has been improved with this one – I am thrilled with how it is looking so far πŸ™‚

  6. Christina says:

    Clever, curved benches are so expensive to buy!

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