I found this bench in awful condition across the street ready to be thrown away. I decided to give it a new lease on life and brought it to my shop. I took apart the old rotted seat slats, detached the rusted hardware and had the side cast iron pieces sand blasted. While they were being sand blasted I picked up some white oak because of its resistance to the outdoor elements. I cut them to the sizes and had them waiting with a red oak stain and three coats of urethane. When I got the sides back I used purple power to seal the pieces and sprayed an epoxy on them to prevent future rust. I then sprayed the final cover with a gloss black to allow the red oak stain on the seat slats to pop.