Garden Bench Restoration

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Project by Eric posted 06-05-2012 10:35 PM 4915 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found this decayed cast iron garden bench at a garage sale for FREE!!

I disassembled it. I really wanted to sandblast, but I ended up just doing a simple wire brush on the iron. Next came the black paint. I glued the back of the bench together to use it for a template. That’s when I noticed the back was originally made for (2) 1×3’s jointed together. I did the same with 1×3 solid cedar. The back was the trickiest part. Getting the sweeping curve to match the curvature of the iron took some trial and error. Then as I was finishing the seat back, I noticed I needed to cut back the inside edged at about 10-degree to allow for the slope of the cast iron edge. A few wasted piece later and I had it together. Finally I slapped on 3 coats of oil based spar urathane and I’m done. I hope you like it. Not to bad for FREE. The only thing I purchased was the spar finish.

-- Eric

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#1 posted 06-06-2012 12:42 AM

good looking restoration.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 06-06-2012 01:19 AM

Very nice.
I love bringing discarded items back to life.
You did an excellent job.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#3 posted 06-06-2012 02:26 AM

Great rescue! You brought it back from the dead. Beautiful piece.

-- jbschutz

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#4 posted 06-06-2012 02:59 AM

The before and after pictures are amazing, great job Eric.

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#5 posted 06-06-2012 07:52 AM

Great job and nice savings. Thats over 100 bucks in your pocket. We have one on out front porch.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 06-06-2012 09:57 AM

Beautiful restoration.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 06-06-2012 03:20 PM

great resto!

-- John - Central PA -

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#8 posted 06-06-2012 03:50 PM

Really nice. I’ll bet that took a while. It was well worth it! Take a picture and show the seller. I am sure they will be shocked…

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#9 posted 06-06-2012 04:29 PM

I wonder what a comparison would be like between the original and your re-do. I bet the quality is much improved in the re-do. Thank you for sharing. Recycling is a wonderful part of woodworking.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#10 posted 06-06-2012 04:34 PM

That is a beautiful restore. You did a great job with it. It’s fantastic.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#11 posted 06-06-2012 04:44 PM

Dwain, I thought about driving by and offering to sell it back. haha.

Thanks everyone.

-- Eric

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#12 posted 06-06-2012 06:55 PM

Nice job. It’s not for everyone, but I happen to like the old rusted look of cast iron. I would have cleaned it up a bit then hit it with some clear POR-15

-- Unplugged Woodworkers -

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#13 posted 06-06-2012 08:37 PM


What’s POR-15? What would have you done with the splintering wood?

-- Eric

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#14 posted 06-06-2012 10:44 PM

Eric you did yourself proud with this work, it turned out perfect.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#15 posted 06-07-2012 01:21 AM

your garden must be looking good adirondack chairs and now a killer bench

-- Please check out my new stores and

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