Garden bench rebuild

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 09-03-2018 04:57 PM 1458 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are a lot of projects I have always wanted to try. This is one of them. I found the two ends at a junk store and had to have them. I really wish I took some “before” pictures so show the restoration. I started by cleaning up the metal. Lots of rust that had to be removed. Next a good paint job with rustolem gloss black. I had some oak board put back given to me by my neighbor that I decided to use for the wood seat. It was rough cut cull lumber and had been under the porch for a year. A little planing and they were ready. All cut to size and assembled. One problem I had was the holes on the left did not match the holes on the right for bolts. I took it back apart and stained it with minwax pecan stain and applied several coats of gloss polyurethane. I did this outside which may have been a mistake as when I went to reassemble it, a few of the boards gained a “curve”. I also had to make sway braces for the underside. It’s not perfect but was fun and after all, it’s an outside bench. Thanks for looking!

(The board on the side is due to my uneven yard) :-)

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 09-03-2018 04:58 PM

You’ve done trully amaizing job here. It look incredible -brand new!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-03-2018 05:00 PM

Looks very sharp, Jeff. Nice work, buddy!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 09-03-2018 05:13 PM

Well done and a fine “rescue” of both metal and wood. Under porch wood eventually becomes under porch dirt.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 09-03-2018 06:03 PM

Great Job Jeff!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#5 posted 09-03-2018 07:51 PM

Very nice

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 09-03-2018 08:06 PM

That is a really good looking bench Jeff. I have one but it is not nearly as ornate as yours. Nice job!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#7 posted 09-03-2018 08:28 PM

Great job

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#8 posted 09-03-2018 09:02 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I had a lot of fun doing this. I’m glad I finally got a chance. I bought the sides in the early spring. I hope that oak stands up.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#9 posted 09-04-2018 02:50 AM

Jeff, nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 09-04-2018 10:19 AM

Great job. Congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#11 posted 09-04-2018 10:58 AM

Good work with both materials. I did the same with metal ends a neighbor had out for trash but only used pine boards and loved the bench under a tree to rest…it got a few miles when I sided the house. To keep it in some condition I suggest bringing it in for the winter or a covered area. Even my cheapo rebuild lasted more than 8 years out in the weather…enjoy yours.

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#12 posted 09-04-2018 11:41 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone. oldguy2, thanks for the advice. I plan on bringing it in the basement when the bad weather starts. Eight years with Pine? That oak should last a long time I predict.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 09-04-2018 01:32 PM

Man Jeff, that looks incredible! You did a killer job on those ends. I know from experience how big of a pain removing rust in all those little nooks and crannies can be but you got those looking better than new. The paint you used looks excellent. Good choice on the wood. It looks perfect but oak will hold up very well in the weather too. The stain looks great. Glad to see you posting buddy!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#14 posted 09-04-2018 02:55 PM

Thanks Ken. I was hoping 3/4 oak would hold up. It should. This is my first project after a long break from wood working. I guess we all need one from time to time.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#15 posted 09-04-2018 04:22 PM

Good to have you back in your shop Jeff. The bench restoration looks incredible. Nice save.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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