My neighbor has built some neat benches for their potted plants using scrap wood (cut offs) that he hangs onto from other projects. I liked the benches so much that my step-dad made one for me when he was visiting a few years back, along with a couple of tables. One table is at the clothesline to set the basket of clothes on, the other is back by the compost barrel to set the bowls of kitchen scraps on while I open up the tumbler.
My neighbor was cleaning out his scrap piles trying to downsize a bit and had quite a few old 2 x 4’s to get rid of. He knew I would want to use them and even cut them into the size I would need to make more benches for my plants.
Back in November, another neighbor decided that they were not going to be burning as much wood in their fireplace anymore and asked if I wanted some of their firewood… ahhh, yes please!
Well, this was wood with a catch. The catch was, I had to clear away a stack of scrap wood (cut offs) (in the photo above), some of which was rotting away, before I could take any of the fire wood. So I checked out the scrap wood pile and decided this was a win-win situation for me. It was made up of 2×4’s and 4×4’s in lengths that I would be able to use for making more benches! Score! And the firewood was nice oak!
As I brought each load of scrap wood home, I organized into piles of similar length so I could then easily see what I had when it came time to make another bench. What a deal.
Once all the scrap was moved, then I focused on the oak firewood. I was able to get four nice loads before I wore the neighbor out. He was ready for a break and just wanted to leave the rest there until after the first of the year. With everything that has been happening in my life I haven’t been able to go back for the rest. It will be there when I am ready and able to. In the photos below you can see two plants my other neighbor added to my load as I drove through their property to get back home.
This was a win-win for me since I am able to use most of the scraps and the firewood was nice oak. This was a win-win for my neighbor as he is winding down and not working on the types of projects around the house that he used to, when he would use the scraps of wood and they don’t want to have many fires in their fireplace like the use to. I am glad he thought of me when he was thinking of clearing out this stuff.
A lot of the oak is in big log cuts, so my husband will have to split it up. It was still free.
This scrap lumber still sits and waits to be used, but tomorrow I will post the photos of the plant benches that I have made using scraps of lumber that I got from my other neighbor (the one who gave me the idea for the benches in the first place).
Have you made some garden or plant benches for your yard?