Totes ter­rific

TART UP YOUR GAR­DEN WITH ART

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - September Contents -

Cre­ate tim­ber totem poles and a log bench

Find your spirit by mak­ing totem poles to plant in your gar­den. Whether your de­sign is in­dus­trial or flo­ral, punk or pretty, it will re­flect you and give your home in­ter­est. Then sit back and ad­mire your hand­i­work from the log bench you threw to­gether.

PROJECT 1 LOG BENCH

Let the beau­ti­ful, nat­u­ral qual­i­ties of tim­ber shine.

Here’s how

STEP 1 Plane tops of logs to re­move rough­ness, then sand for a smooth fin­ish.

STEP 2 Mea­sure 60mm from top of logs and mark a line on each log with pen about 45mm wide.

STEP 3 Wear­ing ap­pro­pri­ate safety gear, use chain­saw to cut slots in the logs where the marks are, cut­ting al­most half­way through.

STEP 4 Space logs about 2m apart, with the slots fac­ing op­po­site di­rec­tions, and use rub­ber mal­let to bang tim­ber into slots.

STEP 5 Fin­ish bench and tops of logs with oil.

PROJECT 2 ARTY TOTEMS

Strong, ver­ti­cal lines in a small, densely planted gar­den will cre­ate an il­lu­sion of space.

Here’s how

STEP 1 Plane faces of sleep­ers to re­move rough­ness, then sand for a smooth fin­ish.

STEP 2 Lay sleep­ers flat on ground or work bench, butting up against each other.

STEP 3 Lay metal ob­jects in an at­trac­tive pat­tern on the sleep­ers.

STEP 4 With the blow­torch, burn tim­ber un­til it is black, hold­ing torch 10-15cm above tim­ber.

STEP 5 Wear­ing leather gloves, re­move metal ob­jects from sleep­ers. Wait for tim­ber to cool, then wipe down to re­move ex­cess or loose char­coal.

STEP 6 Ap­ply tim­ber oil gen­er­ously to the sleep­ers with brush to bring up grain and colour.

STEP 7 Dig 3 holes with spade and post-hole dig­ger to 600mm. Cut sleep­ers to dif­fer­ent heights to suit, put in holes and add rapid-set con­crete. Use spirit level to check they’re plumb.

STEP 8 Put mulch gen­er­ously around base of poles.

Two drinks ta­bles and plenty of seat­ing. It’s per­fectly nat­u­ral!

STEP 2

STEP 4

STEP 3

You can cre­ate sculp­tural totem poles with tim­ber sleep­ers and a blow­torch!

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