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Fixed up an Old Bench

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Project by Core2 posted 01-05-2014 07:26 AM 1519 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My parents had this old bench out back of [their] shed rotting away. I like it and decided to fix it up for them. I used cherry I picked up from a local sawmill. I even saved the old placard. This was a fun simple project.





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Hawaiilad

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#1 posted 01-05-2014 08:39 AM

What a great refurbish of the old bench..

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 01-05-2014 11:30 AM

Fine looking restoration. That cast iron will last for ages.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#3 posted 01-05-2014 01:46 PM

I love seeing old yard benches restored instead of heading to the landfill. Great job, looks beautiful!

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

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#4 posted 01-05-2014 02:17 PM

Beautiful Save!

-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com

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#5 posted 01-05-2014 03:30 PM

Nice save! I have a very similar bench sitting in my garage that I have been wanting to restore. thanks for the motivation!

-- Gridlockd

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#6 posted 01-05-2014 04:02 PM

It’s a very nice job of restoration. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#7 posted 01-05-2014 04:33 PM

Great job!

I’ve done a few of these and they always seem to make me feel better – I guess it’s the thought of saving something…...

Cheers,

-bob

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dustyal

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#8 posted 01-05-2014 10:22 PM

What was wrong with it? Teasing, I too enjoy preserving vs destroying. Nicely done.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#9 posted 01-06-2014 12:29 AM

Great save on the old bench. You did a wonderful job. Love the cherry. Welcome to LJ’s

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Adam D

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#10 posted 01-06-2014 02:45 AM

This is an outdoor bench, right? what kind of finish did you put on the cherry to withstand the elements? I have an almost identical bench that I plan on tackling in the coming weeks, and I’m not sure how to protect it.

-- Adam, Rochester NY

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Core2

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#11 posted 01-06-2014 02:56 AM

Thanks everyone! It is a good feeling seeing the state of it now compared to how it was.

Murch. I was impressed with the state of the cast iron. I did learn not to throw it. I threw one of the back plates on the ground, just being lazy, and I heard a loud pop. It cracked a bit. oops.

Adam. I only used an indoor oil based poly. It will be under a pavilion. Maybe I should coat it again with an outdoor rated poly.

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