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oakandwalnut

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My New Bonsai Benches
« on: May 04, 2012, 09:14 PM »
This week I finally built my bonsai benches. I made them out of limestone. I had to special order the pieces. I have crushed granite porches and pathways in my backyard. It took only a bit of effort to level the pillars, and I had to have help putting the shelves on. I am really pleased with the look.
 

Jason E

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Re: My New Bonsai Benches
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2012, 09:54 PM »
Very nice!
 

oakandwalnut

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Re: My New Bonsai Benches
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2012, 09:55 PM »
Thanks! And I also like that they will weather and get all lichen ridden with loads of patina.
 

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Re: My New Bonsai Benches
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2012, 11:20 AM »
What are the posts made out of?  Did you cement them into the ground first?  Oh, and Very Nice! ;)
 

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Re: My New Bonsai Benches
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2012, 01:55 PM »
Ballpark cost on custom cut limestone pieces? :D

It looks awesome.
 

oakandwalnut

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Re: My New Bonsai Benches
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2012, 10:06 PM »
Chris - I did not cement. I live on almost all sand, and the patio is 4 inches of crushed tamped concrete with 6 inches of decomposed granite on top. I just doesn't heave.

Cost was $240 for all 6 pieces.  All the pieces are made of limestone.
 

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Re: My New Bonsai Benches
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2012, 07:59 AM »
Wow, these look really nice oak, they also look pretty heavy.  Do you worry that they'll shift around at all when the ground gets wet, and the wind hits it?  How much of the post did you bury? 

 

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Re: My New Bonsai Benches
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2012, 12:08 PM »
Chris - I did not cement. I live on almost all sand, and the patio is 4 inches of crushed tamped concrete with 6 inches of decomposed granite on top. I just doesn't heave.

Cost was $240 for all 6 pieces.  All the pieces are made of limestone.

Very nice and that's not much money for all that limestone!  I too am wondering if they might shift...I hope not!
 

oakandwalnut

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Re: My New Bonsai Benches
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2012, 12:28 PM »
Hi Judy,
These are very heavy. I have many antique English garden urns that I use these for and leave out all winter. The urns are very expensive, and one hasn't fallen over during winter time in 10 years! So I have no worries about this set up.
 

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Re: My New Bonsai Benches
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2012, 04:16 PM »
Oak, glad to hear you haveprevious experience with these. They do look real nice..... but.... how deep did you plant the posts?

Jay
 

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Re: My New Bonsai Benches
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2012, 04:08 PM »
Looking good!
And heavy ;D
 

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Re: My New Bonsai Benches
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2012, 06:54 PM »
Jay: the posts are sitting on top of the compacted crushed granite.
 

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Re: My New Bonsai Benches
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2012, 02:23 PM »
Like the two tier effect very much. Also, really like the limestone rather than wood.  Great idea.
 

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Re: My New Bonsai Benches
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2012, 07:06 PM »
Oak, thanks for the reply.  I guess the sold base makes the columns stable. I would think in other situations a reasonable amount of sub soil planting would be necessary
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Jay