Building a bonsai bench is essential when you’re taking care of more than one bonsai. The bonsai bench also makes your bonsai trees look more professional. Building a bonsai bench costs roughly $200. This depends on how big you want the bonsai bench to be.
I’ve built more than 30+ bonsai benches in different sizes with different materials. Once you’ve gotten used to it, it won’t be as hard as you might think. Make sure to start slowly. There’s no need to rush it. You want the bench to look perfect so take it to step by step.
In this article, you’ll find out how to build a bonsai bench in 6 easy steps.
Let’s get right to the point and get started!
Step 1 – Get the right materials
Find the right materials for a bonsai bench isn’t as hard as you might think. Most materials you can buy at all stores. To start off, you will need to purchase lumber, screws, and a saw.
The size of the bench is up to you but make sure it fits in your garden and trees. Use outdoor glue or nails if necessary. You can also use concrete instead of wood if you want it to be more stable. As long as all materials are waterproof, you’re good to go.
– Lumber: $15-$50 (depending on dimensions)
– Screws: $25
– Saw: $35 at Lowes or Home Depot; may be cheaper elsewhere
In total, this project should cost between $150 up to $300 dollars depending on where you shop and what type of construction material you choose.
Step 2 – Measure big you want the bench to be
To start off, you should measure how big you want your bonsai bench to be. Some people want a bigger bonsai bench to store more trees, while others only want a different bonsai bench for each tree.
What I normally do is to get 2x up to 3x the size of the bonsai tree itself. By doing this, you’ll have extra room to work with your bonsai.
So, for example, if you have a five-inch bonsai tree, then the bench should be at least ten inches long and eight inches wide. That way, there is some room to prop up stakes in order to keep the pot from falling over while watering it.
I also recommend that you make your bench about an inch taller than what you’re going to put on top of it so that dirt doesn’t fall out when watering.
Step 3 – Cut the planks into the right size
Once you’ve measured the length of the bench, you can start sawing the planks to the right size.
First, I sanded down both sides of each plank with my orbital palm sander and then cut them to their finished length using a circular saw at an angle so that they would fit flush against one another.
This is most easily accomplished by ensuring the board’s edge overhangs its surface line, cutting it on your chop-block or sawhorse first. After that, it’s a simple process of smoothening the edges with sandpaper.
I then cut each plank to the right width using my chop saw by measuring off from one edge and marking where I wanted to stop cutting, aligning that mark with an existing line in the wood so that they would all be flush against one another.
Step 4 – Put the bench together
Once you’ve cut each plank into the right size, you’ll need to assemble them together with nails and glue.
I nailed down the boards in a continuous row, using my nail gun to make it easier by attaching two of the planks at one time. Putting the bonsai bench together will take some time and patience, so be sure to use a level surface for stability.
The more you care about the bench’s appearance, the better it will look in your space. I used a hand saw to cut the ends of each plank perfectly at an angle.
This creates nice edges that make my bonsai bench even more perfect!
I also recommend using screws instead of nails when possible because they hold tighter than nails do over time. I attached two planks at one time with metal brackets screwed into both pieces before attaching them together. This made assembly go much quicker.
Step 5 – Use sandpaper to smooth the sides
Once you’ve put the bonsai bench together, you can start to smoothen the edges and surface. If the bench is very rough, you can use sandpaper to smooth it out, but otherwise, you can leave it as is.
This step may not be necessary depending on how well-crafted your bonsai bench is in the first place; if there are already even sides with some detail, then this step might not be needed at all!
But for those of us who have taken matters into their own hands and want something nice to show off when our plants are gone–this part is key! The smoother, the better!
The final step before painting or staining (or leaving unfinished) involves cleaning up any excess wood that’s been shorn away from the raw material by using knives or saws.
Step 6 – Put the bonsai trees on the bench
The last step is to put the bonsai tree on your self-made bonsai bench. Putting your bonsai trees on the bench is going to satisfy you the most. Normally it takes around 3 to 4 hours to put the whole bonsai bench together.
However, once you’ve done it a couple of times, it might get easier, and you can probably do it in a couple of hours.
There are some additional steps that you can do, like painting the bonsai bench or putting other plants on the top.
There are many different ways to build a bonsai bench, but there is one way that we think you should do it. Take the time to add in any details or features that will bring out the beauty of your particular bonsai.
You will need patience, but it’s worth the investment. The bonsai bench is a great way to get started if you’re looking for an interesting project that can be finished in less than a day and has long-term benefits. Check out our blog for more bonsai tips and tricks!