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Outdoor entertaining area with fire pit

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Outdoor entertaining area with fire pit

I replaced my garden shed with a planterbox floating bench bonfire area. 


All materials bought at bunnings! 


Total voltage around $3100


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Re: Outdoor entertaining Area/Bonfire

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @jessejujitsu. It's terrific to have you join us, and many thanks for sharing your amazing project.


I love what you've achieved in this space and trust you are thrilled with the results. The countered-levered seating is a real winner, and that firepit cover is wonderful. Did you make that yourself as well? Having the table space when the firepit is not in use must be very practical.


Since completing the project, have you found yourself spending more time outside enjoying the new arrangement, or perhaps you've been more inclined to invite people over to enjoy the space too?


Wonderful work, and thanks again!




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Lovely work @jessejujitsu. Many thanks for sharing, and well done.


You've provided such detailed photographs that are very informative.


We are interested in turning your project into a Featured Project article. Do you have any more pictures you could share?


It would also be great if you could share the steps you took and any other tips and lessons you learned along the way. I'm sure other community members would benefit if you could recount any pitfalls you encountered (and overcame) whilst undertaking your wonderful project.


Many thanks,




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Re: Outdoor entertaining area with fire pit

The Bench Turned out amazing and looks awesome with the festoon lights at nighttime...


Problems that I ran into:

1) Merbau decking leaks heaps of Tannins and it stains everything including the pavers! I washed all the Tannins out of the wood and then had to use Grey Paving paint to paint over and seal the pavers (cheaper than buying new pavers). Since sealing the pavers, you can wash any excess tannins straight off.

2) We were worried that the marine ply on the inside of our planter box would rot over time, so we lined the planter box with plastic. However, the plastic is holding all the water in and has killed my plants. I have since dug out the soil and drilled drainage holes through the plastic and plywood.

3) I didn't leave a small gap between each decking timber, which means when they get rained on they swell and snap the screws/warp the timber.


I'm learning as I go haha :smile:

Re: Outdoor entertaining area with fire pit

Hi @jessejujitsu,


Thank you so much for responding so quickly. 


I'm sure that the problems you've listed and overcome will be of enormous assistance to other community members. As will be the extra photographs.


We all wish you the very best for your next project.


Kind regards




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