Benches are all-purpose surfaces in the garden shed where space is always too scarce and all surfaces must pull double duty. Generally, benches in an outdoor shed are for holding yard and garden supplies, potting plants and other light-duty projects. Rarely are shed benches used for sitting, but they must be sturdy enough for any use without weathering, warping or sagging. A bench made of cypress wood and concrete block is sturdy, withstands the environment and is fully portable. Best of all, it is an inexpensive, simple way to add workspace to a shed.
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Things you need
- Metal tape measure
- Cypress boards
- Table saw
- Concrete blocks
- Protective eyewear
Measure the chosen interior wall of the shed, from one side to the other, with a metal tape measure. Decide on a bench length that runs the length of the wall or is shorter and note the desired length on a notepad.
Multiply the chosen length of the bench by the desired bench width, usually 2 to 3 feet, to derive the amount of wood necessary for the bench's surface area.
Purchase cypress boards for the bench surface, as cypress easily withstands constant humidity. Boards measuring 2 inches thick by 4 to 8 inches wide by 8 feet long are heavy enough that they won't warp over time. Purchase enough wood to make the surface of the shed bench.
Purchase concrete block to act as bench supports. Plan to lay the concrete block on its face so that each block measures 2 feet long by 1 foot high to provide the most stability. Purchase enough concrete block to support the benches, at the desired height, on both ends and at two points in the middle to keep the boards from sagging over time.
Borrow, rent or purchase a table saw to cut the cypress boards for the surface of the bench if the boards require shortening. Use the metal tape measure to measure the desired length of the bench against the boards and mark a cutting line on each board. Double-check the measurements.
Don protective eyewear. Adjust the guide attached to the table saw, and have a second person hold the far end of the boards as the gardener pushes each board along the guide and into the cutting blade. Push the board being cut all the way to the other side of the cutting blade, keeping it flush against the cutting guide until the board is cut all the way through. Make all the necessary cuts and place the cut boards in the shed
Stack the concrete block in the appropriate places along the wall and arrange the cut cypress boards evenly across the blocks to make the finished shed workbench.
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