Making a concrete bench

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  1. Jack Sparrow

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    In the past I have looked into stone/concrete benches. In general they are more than I wish to pay for them and no doubt, too heavy for me to carry. The only one I found that I would have be prepared to buy turned out to be an obsolete design.

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    I have also watched videos on YouTube about making benches and seats at home with moulds and reinforced concrete. Is this something that any members have ever done. Being a complete DIY duffer, the chances of me making it work would be very slim but I would be curious to see if would work.

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      Dont see why not.
      Not looked at any videos myself but if you follow how they do it I cant see why there should be a problem.
      Just make sure the reinforcing isn't too close to the final surfaces and get the concrete mix the right strength.
      Might need to think about frost at this time of the year.
       
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        I think to make concrete look presentable for an item of furniture could be difficult. It would take some skill to make it look ok and not like a great lump of concrete. I have seen them in old gardens and they do look nice and weather well. But if you are not an adept DIYer may be a wooden bench would be the way to go.
         
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          This is my reconstituted stone bench that I bought from Chelford Market, (now sadly gone) some years ago from a guy who only made garden ornaments, seats and bench's.
          The one he had on view was already sold but he had another one at Home where he made them. He drove home after the Market was finished, loaded up his Van with the Bench and did an 90 miles round trip to deliver and put it in place the same day.
          His one insistence, when making the Benches, was that the actual seat had to have two flat steel bars inside it running along the length of the seat to make it really strong, The seat then, cost me £29 and he delivered it for free.....that sort of service is long gone.

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              I have seen one I like in a reclamation centre in Telford. It would mean a 250mile round trip to collect it. I'm not sure whether I would be able to get away with that as essential travel.

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                Could you call them and ask if they would take a deposit on it and say you will pick it up when you get out of jail.:biggrin:
                 
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                  If we knew a lot of members between you and the bench it could be dropped off in each front garden and moved on to the next one. I'm not volunteering to sort out the logistics of it. :nonofinger: :)
                   
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                    Have you looked on Preloved, Freecycle, Gumtree, etc @Jack Sparrow ? Or Ebay?
                     
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