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Bonsai Bench

1 First go. This is wrong in so many ways. This would have required sinking the posts into concrete. The top shelf is even too high to see. Nightmare.

  1. 1 First go. This is wrong in so many ways. This would have required sinking the posts into concrete. The top shelf is even too high to see. Nightmare.
  2. 2 Not entirely sure what’s keeping the other end up.
  3. 3 The sun’s clearly out now – sensibly put a cap on.
  4. 4 How will it look with some bonsai trees on it? This design got some criticism for being structurally unsound; there’s nothing holding the front and back legs together.
  5. 5 I realized I could also model my whole garden to see how it fit in. This also allowed me to accurately calculate where the sun would be.
  6. 6 Looking at the bench from my neighbours garden's perspective - checking he still gets some sunshine...he's never complained about it. The bench acts as the fence between us.
  7. 7 I really liked this one but it was too massive and would have been overly complex to build.
  8. 8 Restarted the design again in 2009. This was the first go at the basic frame of the final design - it remains this way.
  9. 9 Here with leg supports in place.
  10. 10 Now in wood tone, with the supports brought inside the legs – this takes less space and uses less wood. It subsequently occurred to me I could extend those leg supports and make another shelf - which you see in the next image.
  11. 11 And here's the final design.
  12. 12 Construction - assembling the frame and the back legs.
  13. 13
  14. 14 Third shelf supports.
  15. 15 Frame completed - now the first shelves go down. These get oiled immediately - because when the upper shelves are in place it would be very heard to get underneath with a paintbrush.
  16. 16 All the shelves screwed in place and the whole thing oiled; it's done.
  17. 17 Put some bonsai trees on it to make a final photo before moving it into place in the garden to the left.
  18. 18 Bench number 2 in place next to the original. It's completely covered in bonsai a few minutes later.
  19. 19 This is a composite of Sketchup generated images I made when I wrote the construction plans.

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  1. Welcome. Works on SketchUp version 7. I wanted to know how to export the 3D model on the web page (Figure 13). Is this a version issue? Is plugins? Thanks in advance for your help :)

    zielinski.pawel1 /

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