My grandfather was a carpenter. I don’t seem to have inherited many of his skills, but I enjoyed woodwork at secondary school in Doncaster, and was disappointed when I couldn’t continue the subject when we moved to Elgin. In the distant past I made a kitchen, and a bed which is actually still in use. More recently I decided to have an attempt at making a bench under the window in our breakfast room.
Above is the room with its original decor. It took three coats of paint to make it presentable.
I found some boards in our shed, and bought some more wood from B&Q, then set to work.
Lindsey tested the structure.
The next stage was painting the uprights and front edge the same colour as I’d painted the skirting boards.
The thing you notice when attempting to make such things as this bench is that nothing is perfect. The floor is not 100% level, the walls are not 100% straight, and even the wood planks I bought at B&Q turned out to have slightly different dimensions. My saw cuts were also not completely straight, but in the end it doesn’t matter. More important is that the bench is structurally stable, and level, which it is.
The finished bench with cushions. This will give a maximum of five extra seating spaces. Unfortunately, there’s a slight design problem with the bench! The cushions were harder than I expected, and as a result, the height of the finished bench is slightly too high for some people, but it still functions.