Cast Iron Bench

From Old to Beautiful AgainIf you have a garden bench, or other outdoor furniture, that is in need of a new look, you can make the repairs yourself and save money. The great thing about outdoor furniture is, it does not have to be perfect to fit in just fine in a casual, relaxed setting. But, you don’t want to be using furniture that is ready to break either. The best way to maintain your outdoor furniture is to store it during the winter months so it won’t be exposed to the harsh winter weather. But, if you don’t have a place to store the furniture, you can use covers especially for outdoor use. But, what do you do if you have a garden bench that is in need of updates in order to keep it from getting to far gone? Restore the garden bench, or other items such as a table, or chair. It is the same basic principals regardless of the item. For this article the focus will be on restoring a cast iron and wood garden bench. This bench was purchased used, because we knew it could be beautiful again, and we love to restore items that are old back to new again. If was a “treasure” found at a local peddlers mall. It was the end of the season, and the price was right, so it found a new home. After its restoration this bench is proudly display in the front lawn. The photo on the right is of the finished product. The garden bench was made out of good materials, and was still strong, except for being shakey, and needing new hardware. The bench was rusty of the cast iron ends and the wooden slats needed to be sanded to get years of builtup grim, and wear removed. It had potential, and it took some work to get it back to like new again, but it was worth it, and now it is good for along time. Notice the photo on the right, it is a closeup of the back and end of the bench before it was restored. .cast iron bench 1If you have a garden bench, or other outdoor furniture, that is in need of a new look, you can make the repairs yourself and save money. The great thing about outdoor furniture is, it does not have to be perfect to fit in just fine in a casual, relaxed setting. But, you don’t want to be using furniture that is ready to break either. The best way to maintain your outdoor furniture is to store it during the winter months so it won’t be exposed to the harsh winter weather. But, if you don’t have a place to store the furniture, you can use covers especially for outdoor use. But, what do you do if you have a garden bench that is in need of updates in order to keep it from getting to far gone? Restore the garden bench, or other items such as a table, or chair. It is the same basic principals regardless of the item. For this article the focus will be on restoring a cast iron and wood garden bench. This bench was purchased used, because we knew it could be beautiful again, and we love to restore items that are old back to new again. If was a “treasure” found at a local peddlers mall. It was the end of the season, and the price was right, so it found a new home. After its restoration this bench is proudly display in the front lawn. The photo on the right is of the finished product. The garden bench was made out of good materials, and was still strong, except for being shakey, and needing new hardware. The bench was rusty of the cast iron ends and the wooden slats needed to be sanded to get years of builtup grim, and wear removed. It had potential, and it took some work to get it back to like new again, but it was worth it, and now it is good for along time. Notice the photo on the right, it is a closeup of the back and end of the bench before it was restored. .cast iron bench 2Details on Restoring a Garden BenchHere are some details for a restoration like this- Disassemble the entire garden bench. It will make the project much to complete. Plan on replacing the hardware- screws and washers, nuts etc. they will be rusty, and new hardware is better here. After the bench is taken apart, sort and place the wooden slats on a table and sand them. Use an electric belt sander if you have one. This is a lot of wood to sand by hand, but it could be done. Sanding with a belt sander takes about 5 minutes per board. Dust off all loose particles after you have sanded the wood. Apply a coat of clear weatherproof sparuratane (outdoor poly) to all sides and ends of the wooden slats. The cast iron ends will need to have the rust removed, by an electric 4 1/2 inch angle grinder. Carefully use the grinder to remove all rust from the cast iron ends. (Wear protective safety glasses, sparks will fly). Remove all loose particles from the iron when finished. Depending on if you want to keep the garden bench it’s original color or change it, choose a paint color for the ends. Spray paint the ends with a rust resistant paint. Allow the wooden slats and the cast irons ends to dry overnight before you reassemble the garden bench.cast iron bench 3Here are some details for a restoration like this- Disassemble the entire garden bench. It will make the project much to complete. Plan on replacing the hardware- screws and washers, nuts etc. they will be rusty, and new hardware is better here. After the bench is taken apart, sort and place the wooden slats on a table and sand them. Use an electric belt sander if you have one. This is a lot of wood to sand by hand, but it could be done. Sanding with a belt sander takes about 5 minutes per board. Dust off all loose particles after you have sanded the wood. Apply a coat of clear weatherproof sparuratane (outdoor poly) to all sides and ends of the wooden slats. The cast iron ends will need to have the rust removed, by an electric 4 1/2 inch angle grinder. Carefully use the grinder to remove all rust from the cast iron ends. (Wear protective safety glasses, sparks will fly). Remove all loose particles from the iron when finished. Depending on if you want to keep the garden bench it’s original color or change it, choose a paint color for the ends. Spray paint the ends with a rust resistant paint. Allow the wooden slats and the cast irons ends to dry overnight before you reassemble the garden bench.cast iron bench 4Best Choice Products is proud to present this brand new Cast Aluminum Rose Design Patio Bench. This beautifully designed antique style bench will add elegance to your front or backyard. With its metal frame and durability, it is built to last for years to come and still remain comfortable. The included instructions and easy assembly will have you relaxing in the beautiful weather in no time. The rose style design of the back rest panel will standout and complement your outdoor d├ęcor or garden. Pour a cup of coffee, grab a book and sit back under sun on the new floral scroll back design patio bench. A fantastic buy for a new bench to be enjoyed for years to comecast iron bench 5Hi, I’m in the process of restoring my neighbors cast iron/wooden slat bench. This is my 3rd restoration. Most bench slats are 48″x 2 1/2″x 3/4″. I cut my own using various woods, and replacing the bolts, nuts & washers. I’ve used a reciprocating saw to cut hard rusted bolts. Used different stains for looks and protected with varathanes.Some cast irons were sandblasted and repainted, this particular set, the owners wished to keep the original finish, but needed to rid some of the rust. Long story-short, I used a green scouring pad, and used a medium gloss cleaner & beautifier, brought the luster back. and protect with a clear spay.cast iron bench 6Hi, I’m in the process of restoring my neighbors cast iron/wooden slat bench. This is my 3rd restoration. Most bench slats are 48″x 2 1/2″x 3/4″. I cut my own using various woods, and replacing the bolts, nuts & washers. I’ve used a reciprocating saw to cut hard rusted bolts. Used different stains for looks and protected with varathanes.cast iron bench 7Rated 1 out of 5 by JacketFan from Disappointing I bought this bench for my mom at Christmas. The weather just improved enough that I could get it out of the box to put it together for her. Well the bench seat was TWO inches longer than the back support piece. Needless to say, there was no way the side pieces would screw on correctly. My mom REALLY likes the bench and it looks great, I just can’t put it together. Date published: 2017-02-14

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