Instructions for a tree bench
In just a few steps, build a eye catching feature for your garden. With your tree bench, you can create not just a cosy seating area for you to spend quality time with your family and friends, but you can also create a truly decorative piece.
1SIDE PIECES OF THE SEATING SURFACE
Purchase the materials from the enclosed list. Draw a 10 x 10 cm grid on a board and transfer the outline of the side pieces from the enclosed sketch (left image). Cut out the parts using a jigsaw. Then sand and round off the edges. Coarsely cut the slats (35 mm x 55 mm), align them and draw on the centre point (right image).
2CUTTING THE SEAT TO SIZE
Align at a 90-degree angle and using 1 cm spacer blocks (left image). Then draw on the overhang at a 30-degree angle. Place the wood for connecting the seating surface on the underside and first draw on the overhang and then cut it off (right image).
3GLUING THE SEATING SURFACE
Before the seat slats are screwed to the seat connecting piece, glue must be applied. Then screw the slats into place (left image). Place the lath for the front edge of the seating surface in position and transfer the angles of the two angled sides.
Here too, glue must be applied before connecting the screws. The seat surfaces are glued to the side pieces and then screwed into place (right image). Tip: Use screw clamps to temporarily fix the parts in place. Round off the front seat edge with an electric sander.
Determine and then draw on the position of the slats for the backrest (left image). Using a measuring tape or metre rule, measure out the long side of the slats for the backrest. Also determine the angle (30°) and inclination (3°). Shorten the slats for the backrest with a cross-cut at the ends at a 30° angle. Tip: Use a mitre saw. Glue in the slats and then screw them into place (right image).
Line the elements up next to each other and secure using a hand clamp. Drill the bench elements using an 8 mm wood drill bit (left image). Open up the pre-drilled hole from the other side using a 10 mm wood drill bit to a depth of approx. 2 cm. This is needed in order to be able to screw in the connecting sleeve later. The connecting sleeve is screwed in using a flat screwdriver (right image).
6PREPARING THE SPRAYER
Open the tin containing the paint in the required colour using the stirrer included and align the suction pipe on the spray attachment so it is facing forwards. Fill paint up to the 3/4 mark on the paint container and dilute it. Place the stirrer against the base of the filled paint container. The distance between the notches represents a dilution of 10%. Stir the paint well and carry out a test spray. The spray nozzle can be positioned in three different directions. A horizontal jet to work from top to bottom, vertical for right to left or selective for particularly intricate areas. The quantity of paint is full adjustable with the dial on the trigger.
7THE SPRAYING PROCESS
Start with corners, edges and angles and then spray the surfaces. Spray from the outside with a uniform distance over the slats. Only change the direction of spray outside the slats. This avoids a build-up of thicker layers of paint during direction changes. Tip: Since paint applied too thickly can cause drips, it is better to spray two thin coats. After spraying, allow the paint to dry in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
Clean the spray attachment thoroughly with water or solvent after use.