for a bench which take you...
from a quiet reading spot one moment...
... to a children’s playground the next.
Jumping from bench to bench the young ones would grab the
rafters, swing and have fun.
You can see how I built it with the help of some of my pergola photos.
Make the bench from a wide piece of timber. It can be 3/4" or better still 1" thick.
The piece I used was probably not wide enough at 10.5”. A little small for adults’ fat bums – no offence meant. Maybe 12” would have been better.
To get the right length for the seat, measure from outside of post to outside of post. Using a square, cut a slot at each end to fit snugly against each post.
Have you got a carpenter's square? It's a must for accurate work. But if the posts are not...
... aligned properly don't worry - you may have to tweak your cut a bit. I confess I did.
To curve the corners draw a curve using an [empty] coffee mug. Sandpaper the edges to make the bench 'user friendly'.
Next decide on the height you want the seats.
I have used a different height for each - 15.5” and 20.5”.
For reading I prefer the lower bench. Caroline my partner is happy with the higher seat.
To support the bench screw a length of batten across the posts – leaving it 1” short of the post ends. Add another along the inside of each post.
Place the bench onto the battens and screw it down.
Use a bracket at the ends to hide the batten. Use two 6" boards to support the back. Screw them to the back of the posts.