You can make a bench out of a variety of building materials such as wood and brick. The brick can be used as the supporting legs of the bench, and the seat can be made from wood. This type of bench goes together with ease and is a good way to make use of leftover building supplies. Benches are typically at a height of 45 cm (18 inches) off the ground. The length of the bench can vary; however, make it at least 90 cm (36 inches) long so that it will comfortably seat two people.
Place two bricks in the selected location for the first leg. Lay the 10 by 20 cm (4 by 8 inch) sides flat on the ground with the 5.6 cm (2 1/4 inch) sides butted up against each other. Orient the 20 cm (8 inch) length vertically toward the front and back of the leg. Apply masonry adhesive to the joints between the bricks.
Lay two bricks across the top of the two base bricks with the 20 cm (8 inch) length of the bricks running horizontally across them. Apply masonry adhesive to the bottom and side joints.
Add a third layer, placing two bricks in the same orientation as the base layer. Continue in this manner until you have built up seven layers and the height of the leg is 40 cm (16 inches).
Measure from the outside edge of the first leg over 90 cm (36 inches). Mark the measurement on the ground. This is the location for the outside edge of the second leg.
Build the second leg in the same manner as the first leg.
Center the 5 by 40 by 95 cm (2 by 16 by 38 inch) board over the top of the legs with the 40 by 95 (16 by 38 inch) side flat. This is the seat board.
Drill two evenly spaced holes through the top of the seat in the centre of each leg with a drill and 6 mm (1/4 inch) masonry bit.
Drive a masonry nail through each hole into the bricks to fasten the seat in place.
Paint the seat to contrast the colour of the brick to complete the design.
Wear eye protection when building the bench.
Things you need
- 28 bricks, 5.6 by 10 by 20 cm (2 1/4 by 4 by 8 inch)
- Masonry adhesive
- Board, 5 by 40 by 95 cm (2 by 16 by 38 inch
- Hammer drill
- 6 mm (1/4 inch) masonry bit
- 4 masonry nails