building benches

Last summer over £100 was raised through donations given for vegetables produced from the community garden. This money was raised through the efforts of the community gardening team under the watchful eye of Strawberry Hill garden apprentice Jamie Kenny. The money raised was matched by Urban Food Fortnight with all the proceeds earmarked for the purchase of staging for our poly tunnel.

Fast forward to early this year when we began searching online for some good quality timber staging which would be within our price range. In total we wanted to buy four benches and the ones we wanted to buy came in at a whopping £198 each! So fresh from the shock of that price tag we decided it couldn’t possibly cost that much or be that difficult to make our own. Turns out we were right!!!

Below are some photographs of the first bench being built. It came in at around £50 for a bench of exactly the same dimensions as those we had seen online and took around two and a half hours to build, including sawing all of the timber.

Each bench is 950mm (H) x 600mm (D) x 1800mm (L) or about 3ft by 2ft by 6ft in old money!

Cutting out the usual teething problems I think we can reasonably hope to build each of the others in under two hours, making the total cost of the project about 8 hours and £200!!! An absolute bargain in my opinion!!!

Check back later this week for the final photos of the finished product.

measuring and sawing the timber

measuring and sawing the timber

initial laying out

initial laying out

going up!!!

going up!!!

one down, three to go!

one down, three to go!

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