From ‘Free’ to Fantanstic – Free Grating makes a Great Gabion Garden Bench

One Sunday last summer we were on our way to a friend’s house to pick something up. We passed a house with this grating by the side of the road and a sign that said FREE. Needless to say… we backed up and loaded it up. Funny how sometimes things just seem to fall into place. Since the rock slide on our property in 2009 ( we have moved more rocks than most people see in a lifetime. A friend suggested that we make gabions. Well we finally made one.

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free grates by the side of the road!

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putting the frame together

My husband can build anything. He doesn’t just build, he over-builds. He builds things to last. It’s amazing really, but I digress.

He cut the grates and wired them together.

Next he put it in place, leveled it and set it into concrete.

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leveling the bench, then setting it into concrete.

After the concrete was dry, he removed the forms. I filled it with rocks. I used bigger ones against the grate and smaller ones in the middle. I stacked the rocks closely so there wouldn’t be movement.

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Great Gabion Bench – Done

He had some extra pieces of ironwood in the garage leftover from building the deck. He used that to made the seat. He placed boards to fit inside that grate to keep it from sliding. It is heavy enough that it just sits on top without requiring anchors. A coat of finish and its done. Lastly – we just need to finish the hardscaping and landscaping in that area, which we are working on this summer.

Supply list and cost
grating – free
wire to wire the grates together – we had wire and didn’t have to buy any.
2 x 4’s for forms – old wood sitting around – no cost
concrete – about $20.00 (it’s a pretty big bench)
rocks – free
ironwood – leftover from other projects



About ourhomeinthewoods

I am a wife, mother and nana to an amazing little girl! My husband and I have been working on a huge DIY project for since 1999 and for the foreseeable future. A great house and garden on almost 10 acres in the beautiful, scenic Snoqualmie Valley in the Pacific Northwest. We are very enthusiastic amature gardeners and do-it-yourselfers. We also try to balance great results with great economy, or in other words, we love saving money. The more we save, the more we can spend on more great plants!
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