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Post  marc74 on Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:44 am

its a bit of both really, display and life long growing/working
i dont have many trees as yet but this will be the home for many years as i collect

what i have measured i should be able to work with each tree ok and yes will need to rotate as will be side facing the south sun but i will manual turn as i want to wire each through the decking just in case any strong wind... or my cats Smile

i suppose if i really wanted to be displaying then the shelfs would need to be bigger as 14" still means the next shelf be behind the top of some of the trees. i will need to relook at the trees i have and decide next place for shelf


oh well, it will do for now. and top can be main display and i can rethink in a few years depending how collection grows.

pics to follow




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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  Todd Ellis on Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:50 am

These are my new benches that I finished before the ... hopefully, last snow of the season...


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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  Craig Cowing on Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:20 am

I don't have a picture right now, but we find that cement blocks with pallets and boards work well.

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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  marc74 on Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:58 am

ill post a frame i have been given when the image insert icons re-appear

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Post  fiona on Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:13 am

Clear your cache, Marc. That seems to sort it.

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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  RKatzin on Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:43 am

Some really nice benches!
Here's a setup I built from scrap lumber:






It's a little crowed right now with new work. It's four sided so trees can be placed according to sun exposure desired.

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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  marc74 on Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:01 am

ok, i have been given this from a florist

my idea was for a wooden version but was becoming a bit of a mission trying to do.
so im going to try and add some decking shelfs to it
the shelfs are just a little too narrow for my liking so maybe i can add 2 pieces of decking to each shelf and try to over hang a little

i will see how i go and maybe try the wooden project in the future

any advise on how to proceed?


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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  daudelus on Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:31 pm

The one pictured as 'large gap' is my bench that I constructed last year, and I don't think I would change anything about it now that it is one year on... As Fiona suggested, it is important to decide on the purpose of your bench... mine was simply for maintenance and to get the trees up off the ground... I plan to make more decorative stands or monkey pole-type displays when I get more finished with other landscaping in my yard, so I can work the display into an overall design. I think my display was potentially more work than it was worth, but the end product is a nice accomplishment... good luck with yours!

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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  marc74 on Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:09 pm

yes, my challenge now is to try and make the shelfs wider when fit the wood so medium size trees fit without branches being pushed up against next shelf.

so some how fit and make hang over the edges etc



yours is perfect but i dont think im ready for such a project. i tried to get some assistance but got no where.
and limited knowledge and tools.

but still tempting to try similar




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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  daudelus on Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:13 pm

marc74 wrote:
yours is perfect but i dont think im ready for such a project.  i tried to get some assistance but got no where.
and limited knowledge and tools.

My wife helped me, and I am admitting this, she was more spatially capable than myself... it was roughly three full days of effort with most spent cutting, drilling and screwing all the individual pieces that made up the base of each shelf...

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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  daudelus on Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:17 pm

I was looking at the rack you got from the florist and I would be wary of placing a great deal of weight on it... it would depend on the size of your trees and how dense you place them, but a brisk wind might be capable of placing pressure on a weak part of that metal... just a thought Smile

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Post  marc74 on Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:27 pm

yeah that is another concern of mine

this is the sort of thing i initially thought would work if i can get the wood cut to a step shape but i have now been given a miter\radial saw. i was trying to find a company that could cut perfect for me


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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  daudelus on Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:29 pm

I'm no expert, but that appears very similar to something premade for staircases... which would be precut...

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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  marc74 on Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:35 pm

i think im gonna have to draw and cut myself, but unsure how that would work out

else its go similar to you and build a frame etc

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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  JimLewis on Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:23 pm

You can get PRE-cut stair risers at any do-it-yourself store like Lowes.

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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  marc74 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:51 pm

doesn't seem that easy here

but I'm gonna try and go for the wood frame version depending on cost

back with info soon

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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  fiona on Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:31 pm

B&Q and Jewson have stair risers.

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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  RKatzin on Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:47 am

My pyramid is made from an old stair riser cut in four pieces.

Rummage and yard sale items make nice informal stands. This end table and wicker hamper have seen alot of duty.



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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  JoesBonsai on Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:18 am

Some of mine







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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  marc74 on Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:58 am

very cool

a million miles away from a standard British garden Smile



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My benches here in Portugal

Post  ferdy-san on Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:55 pm

Those are my sun drenched benches, mostly filled with olives...




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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  marc74 on Sat May 17, 2014 5:14 pm

I finally did it, from inspiration from Jerry Norbury's designs I found on the web

my 1st wood work project since school 20 years ago  Smile

wood varnished a bit darker than i wanted, hoping for a very whitish tone
anyway, im happy, just a cm i need to fix but other that it went well




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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  Todd Ellis on Sun May 18, 2014 12:56 am

[quote="JoesBonsai"]Some of mine

Such a tranquil place. I especially like your pond.

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Post  Guest on Sun May 18, 2014 3:17 am




















regards,
jun  Smile

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Re: Show us your bench(s)

Post  Todd Ellis on Sun May 18, 2014 1:12 pm

Like your garden Jun!

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