[Tutorial] How to build a timber bonsai bench

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Re: [Tutorial] How to build a timber bonsai bench

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Stupid question but I've no idea about carpentry but considering doing this but at about half the width as I have a small garden, could I half the width measurements and it would be okay, furthermore I would want to create the canopy, what length beams would I need to create this and also what dimensions for the canopy beams themselves?
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Re: [Tutorial] How to build a timber bonsai bench

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mworley1991 wrote: March 26th, 2021, 4:52 am Stupid question but I've no idea about carpentry but considering doing this but at about half the width as I have a small garden, could I half the width measurements and it would be okay
You'd be fine to halve it, just leave out the centre legs (so you end up with 6 legs instead of 9) and reduce the width. I found it really helpful to do up my plans in SketchUp - this helped make me very familiar with the design and also made it easy to pull out random measurements as needed.
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Re: [Tutorial] How to build a timber bonsai bench

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Would I need to change any measurements if the posts are slightly larger? Cant seem to get 65 x 65 here in the UK most common is 70 x 70 or 75 x 75
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Re: [Tutorial] How to build a timber bonsai bench

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mworley1991 wrote: March 27th, 2021, 12:45 am Would I need to change any measurements if the posts are slightly larger?
Since you're changing the design anyway it would be worth doing up your own plans. You can use ClickUp or just do it on paper.
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Re: [Tutorial] How to build a timber bonsai bench

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Today I started on part two of my bench: adding a roof. I'll also run poly pipe along the roof and add some shrub heads or something for overhead watering; initially I was going to run pipe under the existing bench and have a micro sprayer for each tree but I like to move things around so that will just get annoying. Mostly I'll still water by hand anyway, the irrigation system will be for when I'm away or for extra hot days.

The roof goes up on a seven degree angle - I think it's 2.1m high at the rear and 2.36m high at the front. It extends a little way past the front shelf of the bench.
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The design in SketchUp. The legs of the roof bolt to the outside of the front and rear legs of the bench.

I got it half assembled today and will finish off tomorrow.

In the future I might also add removable/retractable shade cloth, but I don't think I'll bother with that this year given how mild the summer has been so far.
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Re: [Tutorial] How to build a timber bonsai bench

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Assembled roof.

I ended up leaving out the smaller central beam - I think it would've just ended up getting in the way and it wouldn't have added much in terms of strength (this thing isn't going anywhere in a hurry).

All up I spent about $50 on wood (35x70 treated pine) and $30 on coach screws / bolts.

The irrigation system will have to wait until I next get a block of spare time.
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Re: [Tutorial] How to build a timber bonsai bench

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A slightly tidier photo of my (still very overcrowded) happy place. @terryb there's a flowering melaleuca nesophila in there somewhere!
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Re: [Tutorial] How to build a timber bonsai bench

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greg27 wrote: January 12th, 2022, 6:40 am A slightly tidier photo of my (still very overcrowded) happy place. @terryb there's a flowering melaleuca nesophila in there somewhere!
Great to hear! The rest of the batch that I still have all flowered and the new growth is extending from the flower. Going to repot these soon and maybe cut a few back to the lowest green to develop further.
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