Outdoor Bench

I needed a bench. I had some scraps. I now have a bench. Super simple build for some pleasant outdoor reading!

I’ve been thinking about this one for a while. I like to sit outside with the dogs and play fetch and such, but the porch is a little too low for me to sit on comfortably. I had a bunch of treated scraps left over from my fence build, so I decided to build!


wereI started with a few short 4″x4″s that I trimmed to equal length and then cut stretchers out of a leftover fence panel. I did this without any plans, so I just used what I had. It came out about 25″ by 17″ or so and luckily fit the space on the patio perfectly!


Stretchers were secured with coated deck screws to keep them rust free. I had a few splits because I didn’t pre-drill the thin slats, but that’s okay. It’s a patio bench… to sit with my dogs. I’m not presenting it to the queen.

At some point, while putting these stretchers on, I quickly realized the fatal flaw with my design. There was no way to attach the seat! These slats come about 5/8″ and I wasn’t going to run drywall screws into them. There’s no way that would hold.

The solution I came up with was to resaw another leftover 4″x4″ to use to secure the top seat. I think this added quite a bit of strength also. MVI_3210.00_03_41_01.Still006

The slats were all screwed down only into the makeshift 2″x4″s and I gave the top a 1/4″ roundover and a good sanding to minimize splinters. I didn’t go crazy here. It’s not fancy at all.


I’m pretty happy with the result, and the dogs love having me sit out there with them.


Stream of Consciousness Poetry

Yesterday I tweeted about this poem that just sort of happened out of my fingers. I was listening to a podcast, working on some code, and I turned on my camera just to capture some “coder at work” type footage. No idea why I thought this footage would be useful… but regardless, at some point, I realized the footage was very boring because I wasn’t typing much.

So, I opened notepad and started typing whatever fell out of my head. I have no idea where this came from… it has nothing to do with the podcast I was listening to… it just happened. I used to write a ton of poetry. Like, all the time. I haven’t written in years… but anyway, here you go. I thought I’d share.

There comes a time when you
must be something
that you know you need to be
but you are afraid
you can’t become.

You take the first step
and, unsure
you walk out that door
to see what lies behind
because, it might be you.

The Daily Shed is Here!

daily-shed-logoThe show has started. It’s called the Daily Shed and the first episode is live on YouTube. I’m excited for the future of this project and I hope you’ll join me. The show has it’s own website – thedailyshed.com – so I won’t be sharing each video here. If you want to follow along, subscribe on YouTube, follow me on Twitter, and don’t forget to like and comment on the video!

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