Park Bench

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Project by charger1966 posted 04-02-2008 09:36 PM 2008 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well when we moved into our new house, The previous owner had this park bench outside. It was pretty beat up. The wood was rotted and falling off and the cast iron sides were very rusted. While cleaning up the yard, TLOML said to throw it away. I dragged it over to my shop to take it apart ,to scarp the iron, and that’s when I had an Idea. I’ll rebuild it and give it back to TLOML as a surprise. I made the slat’s all out of pine and stained them really good. The Letters are also made of pine and were first made on my home computer then printed out, taken to the shop, cut out then double face taped to the wood. I then cut the wood on my scroll saw and then rounded the edges with the Router table. I screwed them into place from the back side of the bench and the way I have the white area recessed makes them look like they are on a cloud. Needless to say she was speechless when I gave it to her.

TLOML = The Love Of My Life

-- "Keep Miaking That Sawdust," Lance

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#1 posted 04-02-2008 10:30 PM

That is a great save. Nice reconstruct.

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#2 posted 04-02-2008 11:30 PM

This is a very nice project and a wonderful save.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 04-03-2008 02:19 AM

You did a beautiful job on this bench. It is so nice when old pieces like this are saved from the junk heap. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 04-03-2008 02:57 AM

Great Save. Turned out real nice, like the lettering idea.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 04-03-2008 07:28 AM

Pretty nice. Not too sure how long the pine will last though.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 04-03-2008 03:41 PM

Nice save Lance! Looks like an old casting too. Gary’s got a point about the pine though. Not sure how it’ll do in our ever changing New York weather. Maybe toss a grill cover over it at times to protect it, or set it on a covered porch.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#7 posted 04-03-2008 07:32 PM

Superb salvage job!

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#8 posted 06-15-2008 07:07 PM

THE CAST IRON IS AWESOME but that looks like quite a span for pine to support any weight for very long .I can’t see any center supports from your picture . Hopefully the love of your life won’t fall on her butt if she breaks through it . It is a very nice looking project though !!! Thanks for posting it : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 07-06-2008 01:55 PM

Good Idea, and you beat me to that idea. I have one I started except I got some cedar decking that I am going to try for battling the weather. But it does look good. good luck.

-- Frank O, Croydon, Pa

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#10 posted 07-13-2008 06:09 PM


The cast iron will last forever.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 08-05-2008 12:56 AM

Great job. Good luck in the contest.

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

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