Teeter-Totter Bench

September 3rd, 2008 in projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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You win: its a teeter-totter.
You win: its a teeter-totter.

You win: it's a teeter-totter.

The debate rages on. Is it a teeter-totter or a see-saw? Are they even the same thing? When it comes to JUNK, does it even matter? Grab an old teeter-totter and repurpose yourself this swingin' new bench.

Junk Market Style Difficulty Meter


Eight 1 1/2 in. galvanized screws
Teeter-totter (or see-saw!)
Clear enamel spray

Tool List:

Reciprocal saw
Jig saw
Drill bit (7/64)
Screw gun
Tape measure
Orbital sander


Step 1: Measure and cut ends of teeter-totter each at 27 in. (these become the bench sides.)

Step 2: Center piece measures 28 in. (this becomes the bench seat.)

Step 3: Sand all pieces with orbital sander, eliminating rough edges and splinters.

A gentle sanding spares the sitter the usual teeter-totter experience--a splintery butt .

Step 4: Measure, mark, and cut triangles out of base of side pieces with jig saw.

Step 5: Measure each side piece for seat. Our sate is placed 17 in. from the ground.

Step 6: Mark and drill two pilot holes on each side piece to connect seat to sides.

Step 7: Connect seat to sides with two screws on each side.

Step 8: Cut four 45 degree angle blocks and attach with screws under seat to reinforce. Each block is an inch in from the outside edge.

Pre-drill to prevent the wood from cracking.

Step 9: Finish with a coat of clear enamel.

Beautify and protect.

Tip: The cushion is cleverly crafted from an old bath towel, scrap fabric, and twine.

Check out the final beauty shots in the post below this one!

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