Outdoor Classroom Instructions

Supplies

- wood logs (approx. 24" wide)
- polyurethane + paint brushes
- sanding tools + sandpaper
- chisel and hammer
- shovel
- rake
- tarp
- mulch 
- square concrete stones
- tape
- acrylic paint + paint brushes
- polyurethane spray

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Step 1: Chip Logs

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Using chisels and hammers chip all the bark off of the logs (tip: older logs have easier-to-chip-off bark)

Step 2: Sand Logs

With the sanding tool, sand all the logs making sure the surface is smooth and there are no pointy edges. 

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Step 3: Waterproof the Logs

Make sure to wash the logs off with water (Mineral Spirit works too!) to assure there is no sawdust on the logs. Then, using the Polyurethane and paintbrushes, generously coat the logs to waterproof them. Depending on how thick the polyurethane is, you might need more than two coats (It usually says that on the label). Let the logs sit out for about 2-3 days before placing them in the ground.   

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Step 4: Installation

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When planning where all the seats are going to be located, keep in mind the amount of space in which you are going to outline and fill with mulch and how much space there is in between each seat. It is also ideal to make the seats in an arch shape, so they are all facing the teacher seat. When installing the seats, dig a hole 3-4 inches deep and the size of the seat, then place the log in the hole and patch up the rim to make sure they are stable. After installing all the seats, make a border of the classroom (I used small wood logs but store-bought wood works too!) and then fill the inside with mulch.