Hello Everyone, I'm looking for some suggestions on where to find some wood slats to rebuild a couple of cast-iron benches. I would prefer to not spend hundreds of dollars on the wood if possible - I priced out teak and it just doesn't make sense.
The current dimensions of the wood slats are 48" long, 3/4" thick, and 2.25" wide. I believe I have some room to modify this a bit.
I was considering using the 5/4 Cedar Decking that's available everywhere, it would a 1/4" thicker but I believe it would work. I would welcome other ideas ?
I like the thicker lumber for that length of bench and for the cost it could be re-done a few times for the cost of some of the exotic species. The only caveat i can determine at the moment with thicker lumber would possibly be bolt length if the plan is to use the original bolts but there are workarounds with that plan.
I like to re-furbish benches and the only time i can remember actually dumpster diving was the day I pulled a love seat out. GAWD that thing was heavy and awkward. There was enough good white oak remaining I made this chair of it and our daughter had her name on it before the paint dried.
We would sure like to see the end result when you've completed.
I have re-done two and used Ash for both. They are mostly 'lawn art; they are hardly ever sat on. The first one I used an oil which didn't last well for horizontal surfaces than spend part of the year covered in snow. The 2nd one was finished with a semi-transparent deck stain and seems to be standing up. I have no idea what are built with originally - it probably depends on where they are manufactured.
For public benches a Trex type board is used. A 1x6 16 ft is $30 at Home Depot. Much easier to find Ipe than teak at builders supply places and it works as well if not better with its high oil content.
When I rebuilt mine after only a few years. I ripped down 5/4 deck boards, rounded the edges and rabbit cut the ends to fit through the slots. Under the seat I added one front to back board at the center point which connected all the slats.
That was 25 years ago though I did feel the need to paint it after maybe 7-8 years.
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