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Making a Garden Path Bench and Folding Table

By Nevin Hawlman

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bench 1This is the second post from our guest blogger, Nevin Hawlman. –Mother

Most gardeners or home owners have a favorite place where they enjoy sitting to delight in the view, or the antics of natures' creatures. Mine is a path shaded by towering lilac bushes. I often found myself lingering there to enjoy the mountainous Pennsylvania view and to coax songbirds to eat from my hand.

Often when I went for a bird treat, I returned with a treat for me. Then I got the idea that the 5 gallon bucket should be replaced by a real table. But I didn't welcome the idea of constantly cleaning bird tracks from the table. So the idea of my garden path folding table was born.

In an upcoming blog, we may provide plans for the garden tool shed in the background of the photo. But this week we'll build the unobtrusive bench and folding table, which embrace and enhance the path of wood chips.

When the table is lifted up it provides a great place to relax with issues of Mother Earth News and your favorite hot or cold beverage. The white plastic pipe fits in a socket to hold up the table. The table can be leveled quickly by opposing wedges in the hinge mechanism (see diagram), should wind and weather change its position.

Our bench and table are 4 feet long, but you can easily change this to suit your preferences.


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Procedure: Lets make the bench first; then we have a place to rest and contemplate the table plans.

The Table is made the same as the bench, except only three slats are necessary.

A 1-inch or 1 1/8-inch pocket is drilled into the center of the Table bottom, to accommodate the plastic pipe. Drill it 1 inch deep. Instead of drilling this hole, a protruding screw would help keep the pipe in place, also.

Sand the table to remove potential splinters. Then get your favorite beverage and a copy of Mother Earth News, and give it the ultimate test. Blessings are many. Life is good.

If you have questions or comments, please post them below.