A living manifesto in ten objects:

#4 Bench
(a chair for two)

CARTE BLANCHEANTONIO SCARPONI • 17.05.2018

Read the manifesto in our first article #1 Armchair.

This bench is conceived as a chair for two welcoming you in the shade and dazzling lighting of a garden on a warm May afternoon while chatting with a friend you asked to come over and admire your roses. And even if you are not blessed with roses nor a garden, this bench allows you to feel privileged and imagine they are there, or at least to look at the ones on the other side of the fence. And even if you are not blessed with the presence of a friend, ask someone to come and look at your bench. Although, I would rather suggest you to talk or think of real roses instead.

A, B, C, M. FSC certified fir strips, planed and variably sized. The profiles are available in length of 1 m or 2,5 m and can be bought in any DIY store (e.g., Coopbau, Jumbo, Migros DoIt, Bauhaus etc.). With this scheme you can get the pieces cut on site. Try to select the profiles with fewer knots and as straight as possible.
D, D1. FSC certified fir strips, class B. Size: 1.8 x 40 x 120 cm.
E. Drywall screws 3.5×35 mm, black (important).
F. Electric drill / screwdriver, with 3mm wood drill bit.
G. Hole drill, ø80 mm.
H. Screwdriver; we recommend to use an electric screwdriver.
I. Pencil.
L. Extensible measuring tape.

Mark with the pencil (I) the measures shown on each end of profiles of type B/C. Pay attention: mark profile B on one end as defined in B1. Mark profile M as defined on both ends. Set also a mark at the distance of 30 cm from both ends on the side of profiles M.

Use the 3 mm wood drill tip (G) to drill the holes according to the measuring marks. Use the first drilled profile as an example to drill following drills. We suggest placing a scrap under the profiles while drilling to avoid damage to the underlying surface

Fasten profile B to the short end of the two profiles A. Check the joint to be perfectly perpendicular. Fasten profile C at 36 cm from the lower end of A and opposite to the side where profile B is screwed to. Make sure that side B1 of profile B is placed correctly. Repeat these steps to obtain the two portals forming the frame of the bench.

Fasten the two portals of the bench to the two M profiles which form the carrying structure. Insert the base first and the back afterward. Bring the frame in right-up position and fasten the second carrying profile of the seat.

Proceed now to prepare the seat and the back. Set all marks with a pencil according to the scheme. Make to holes with a ø8cm drill in the centre on each middle of element D. Set two marks at the same height, but at one centimetre from the edge, where you will then fasten the back to the seat. For element D1, screw holes have to be drilled on both sides instead. Pay attention: the two long sides are not symmetric.

Place seat D1 into the frame and fasten with three screws on each of carriers. Bear in mind that the two sides are not symmetric.

Once the seat is in place, proceed and adjust the back. Insert it into the frame and fasten with the two screws the lower part of the back to the rear of the seat. Pay attention and do not tighten the screws too much and cracking the panel. After this, fasten the upper part by placing the screws into the holes previously drilled in profile M.

Your bench is ready. The two eyebolts will help you move the bench from the sunny to the shadow side in case the discussion about the roses suddenly runs out of steam and new topics urge together with the need of avoiding prying eyes or indiscrete ears.

Illustration: Antonio Scarponi