The Retreat Garden Bench

By on February 24, 2013
the retreat garden bench

First of all, this is a great idea for your garden! Second of all, it’s so easy to make, you could build it with your children.

Found this amazing idea on General Shale website, and we think it’s so pretty that you can start doing this as a hobby. Considering that there is some brick lifting involved, it could even be a great way to exercise. But hey, don’t plan to build one every day, unless you have some generous outdoor space and you want to transform your backyard into a public park.

For building instructions, follow the steps explained here: Yes, they are in spanish, but what you have to do is pretty obvious. Good luck!

You can send us pictures of your work, if you decide to build one, and we will publish them in this article. Do you think you could find space for it elsewhere in your apartment?


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  1. Gina

    May 26, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    In English (via Google Translate), the instructions are:

    7. Follow the same procedure on the two courses following and be sure to put pressure on blocks for spreading the adhesive and eliminate any gaps. Always verify that the blocks are level. (FIG. 5)

    ADVICE!: Arrangement of the blocks to ensure good fixation and appearance. Where possible, alternate blocks of different colors to create a look more attractive.

    8. In the fourth row need four blocks B and two blocks C. Using the same method union, arrange the blocks as shown in Figure 6.

    ADVICE!: Use a level and a deck for seat adjustments and blocks
    so that the block surface are firm. Check also deck the blocks are aligned vertically after putting each course.

    9. Once you have placed the first four rows, place the seat table confirm that fits and remove.

    10. Continue with the fifth and sixth rows, using
    the adhesive according to the pattern Figure 7 distribution.

    11. Place the top course with the four B blocks remaining. (FIG. 8)

    12. Applying adhesive on the inner blocks where tables seat support and then tables put into place. Tables should be centered between the
    columns, and the ends should be aligned with the inner edge of the block is below them. (FIG. 9)

    13. Allow the adhesive to cure for 24 hours before to use the bench.

    14. Enjoy your new banking.

    40 Blocks (A) 4 “x 8″ x 16 “(10 x 20 x 40 cm)
    12 Rounded Edge Blocks (B) 4 “x 8″ x 14 ” (10 x 20 x 35 cm)
    2 Blocks (C) 4 “x 8″ x 8 “(10 x 20 x 20 cm)
    3 Adhesive caulk tubes Outdoor
    2 Hemlock tables seat 3 “x 12″ x 48 “(7.5 x 30 x 122 cm)

    Materials required (not included):
    Putty Applicator
    Concrete or gravel for the base (if needed)
    Rubber Mallet

    The degree of difficulty of this project is BEGINNER. The project should be completed in an hour more preparation time.

    When downloading the blocks, group them according to the letter. Place
    blocks with letters up so can identify them quickly.

    • Anna

      June 9, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Can you add steps 1-6, please?

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