We haven’t tired of gabions yet; and the oven project gave us confidence to try some other structures. When we needed a small retaining wall at the back of the kitchen patio we decided to build a gabion bench that can do double duty as a wall and a place to sit and enjoy the backyard. It wasn’t hard to build and turned out rather nicely.
Base of gravel and weed fabric.
Caging cut and shaped.
Short lengths of wood stapled to the bottom of the wire help keep things nice and straight.
Partially filled cage with wooden posts to secure the bench top.
As we fill with rocks we wire together the opposing faces of the cage to prevent them from bulging out.
Cages almost completely filled; support structure mounted to the embedded posts.
The cross-supports will hold the actual bench-top boards. All of the wood is cedar, so hopefully it’ll stand up well to the weather.
A coat of bees wax polish completes the job.
Update: here’s what it looks like 2 years later