Years ago my aunt gave me this old church pew for Rick to cut up for birdhouses. I just couldn’t do it - I couldn’t cut up the history or this amazing piece of wood.
It has sat inside my house, not really being used, mostly because of the size.
Last year, I brought it outside on my deck, under the roof but it seemed to just become a space for tools to sit.
This year, I moved things around and it ended up on the uncovered deck, with a patio furniture cover to protect it.
Good - but it’s not stable and it doesn’t have a backrest on it.
So … 1. I hammered two t-rails into the ground (I’d already put 5 in the ground for my gardens so I just kept going!) 2. Rick found me a 2x6 (?) that really is the perfect length for the bench. We haven’t figured out how to best attach it, so, while we wait (and I expect “wait and wait and wait”) I used cording to attach it to the t-rails, through the rail’s holes. It works! When we get a second board, I’ll attach it to the top of the rails. 3. As for the bench, I have to seal the ends that have been cut, but until then, if I leave the bench out away from the t-rails, I can continue using the tarp to protect it. I think some “L-brackets” attaching the legs to the deck should keep it stable and safe.
It’s close. It’s not fancy but it definitely fits with my very-rustic style. I’m happy.