Stone benches can be made from materials around the yard. You do not have to buy a fancy one at a garden center if what is important is just to have a stone bench in the yard. This article will describe how to make a stone bench from raw materials.
The crucial ingredient to the stone bench is the large, flat stone. It is possible to find a suitable rock slab around the yard in areas where rocks are found frequently. Friends or relatives may be looking to be rid of a stone slab, but transporting it can be difficult. It is also possible to purchase and have delivered a stone slab from some garden centers or landscape supply stores. Once the stone is acquired, all that needs to be done is to mount it on supports.
The bench will need two supports that will hold the slab. These need to be strong, sturdy, and flat at the top so the slab may rest firmly. Large rocks can be used as supports; they will need to be of large size and the top may need to be shaped using a hammer. In place of a stone, supports can be built using rocks and mortar or by stacking pre-made blocks. What is important is that the support is strong enough to support the slab. If cement is used, allow it to dry before laying the slab lest the supports fall apart from the weight.
When the supports are ready, the slab may then be lifted and laid upon the supports. Depending on the weight of the slab, this may require several hands or the use of machinery. Avoid dropping the stone at all costs; it is better to hire a crew than risk crushing your foot. Try to lower the stone gently onto the supports; dropping it could break the supports, the stone, or both.
The stone slab may be laid upon the supports as is, but cement may also be placed atop the supports so as to hold the slab more firmly in place. Excess cement may be cleaned off so as to not show.
Once the cement is dry, you now have a homemade stone garden bench that you built from scratch. Homemade garden benches are unique, creative, and save money to obtain, at the cost of the time needed to put them together.