Captain's Table

Mark Austen

2021.04.25 - Boat-Shaped Garden Seat VII

Lots of progress today, so let's get into it...

We have a number of these panels in the store and I'm going to use one or two for the seat cladding.

Fortunately for me, the person that built these panels used screws and not nails, so it comes apart fairly easily.

A few screws refused to come out and I had to resort to using hole saw to cut around the screw.

Here's the other part.

Before the laths are put on the surfaces that will be covered are coated in a synthetic creosote. It's not as good as the real thing but you can't buy that anymore, so we have to make do with a lesser product.

The back is done first as each lath has a different length.

It doesn't take long to do each lath and progress is quite rapid.

Here is the seat with the back cladding completed. About two hour's work to get this far.

Doesn't look too bad.

A bit like the side of an odd-shaped garden shed.

Before the sides are covered, the edges of the laths are sanded flush with the arch.

All the side pieces are the the same length so I cut them all at once.

The seat has to be put over on its side for this next bit.

The procedure is quite straightforward. Line up the lath with the one on the back.

Set the correct depth and go round to the front.

Line up the lath with the front edge of the search and use the depth gauge to set the correct depth.

Reach over and ensure that the back of the lath is also at the correct depth.

Drill and countersink a hole and carefully drive in a screw. Repeat until both sides are done.

Here is the completed seat. Note the roofing felt covering the gap between the side laths at the top.

A front view.

And the other side.

All we have to do. now is transport into our friend's garden.