LumberJocks

Garden Bench Restoration

  • Advertise with us
Project by Eric posted 779 days ago 3207 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 That’s when I noticed the back was originally made for (2) 1×3’s jointed together.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





18 comments so far

View Woodbridge's profile

Woodbridge

2561 posts in 1016 days


#1 posted 779 days ago

good looking restoration.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

View Paul Pomerleau's profile

Paul Pomerleau

283 posts in 1291 days


#2 posted 779 days ago

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

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

View jbschutz's profile

jbschutz

384 posts in 1289 days


#3 posted 779 days ago

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

-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com

View waho6o9's profile

waho6o9

4745 posts in 1175 days


#4 posted 779 days ago

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

View Ken90712's profile

Ken90712

14821 posts in 1786 days


#5 posted 779 days ago

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!"

View stefang's profile

stefang

12568 posts in 1932 days


#6 posted 778 days ago

Beautiful restoration.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View John's profile

John

341 posts in 2396 days


#7 posted 778 days ago

great resto!

-- John - Central PA - http://affyx.wordpress.com

View Dwain's profile

Dwain

323 posts in 2457 days


#8 posted 778 days ago

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

View nomercadies's profile

nomercadies

497 posts in 936 days


#9 posted 778 days ago

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"

View Enoelf's profile

Enoelf

192 posts in 861 days


#10 posted 778 days ago

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!

View Eric's profile

Eric

183 posts in 1109 days


#11 posted 778 days ago

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

Thanks everyone.

-- Eric

View lumberjoe's profile

lumberjoe

2827 posts in 846 days


#12 posted 778 days ago

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

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

View Eric's profile

Eric

183 posts in 1109 days


#13 posted 778 days ago

LumberJoe,

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

-- Eric

View exelectrician's profile

exelectrician

1465 posts in 1025 days


#14 posted 778 days ago

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

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

View thedude50's profile

thedude50

3503 posts in 1076 days


#15 posted 778 days ago

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

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

showing 1 through 15 of 18 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase