Replacement slats for garden bench?

topic posted Fri, September 1, 2006 - 11:38 AM by  Spidra
I acquired a garden/park bench. Cast Iron sides, wood slat body. The wood they used is just a little too bendy and it has weathered badly. Does anyone know where I could get pre-cut slats of cedar, redwood or other good outdoor wood to repair this bench with? I could buy a new one as cheaply or cheaper, but I'd rather keep it out of the landfill.
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  • Re: Replacement slats for garden bench?

    Fri, September 1, 2006 - 11:48 AM
    If you have a salvaged building supply company in your area, you could go down and check out their lumber/trim areas. I've found some really nice pieces of wood and all other manner of whatnot, and I love them so much better than Home Despot! Some places will even make cuts for you, so if you find a long board that will work for you, you could ask them cut it down into the lengths you need. Just be careful; I always seem to end up with more projects when I leave than I had when I got there.
  • Re: Replacement slats for garden bench?

    Fri, September 1, 2006 - 10:29 PM
    the two questions i would ask are:

    what are the dimensions of the existing wood?


    what kind of leeway in wood dimensions do the cast iron sides allow?

    if the space fits something fairly standard, great. if its fairly standard in one dimension, a table saw will take care of the other (like making a 2x4 into a 2x 2.75). if its all odd, start asking around for friends with both a table saw and a planer. a table saw and some dimensional lumber (redwood is perfect, cedar is good too) that is slightly larger than whats needed will do the trick.
    • Re: Replacement slats for garden bench?

      Fri, September 1, 2006 - 11:03 PM
      I just got my first table saw (I think I should name it, but haven't yet). Yay for basements and power tools!

      Before that, I had smaller saws, but often found it useful to shop around at the salvage shops...sometimes I'd find things in just the right size if I only made one quick cut over here...but I often forget to take my tape measure with me. Which sucks. ;)
  • Re: Replacement slats for garden bench?

    Sat, September 2, 2006 - 12:15 AM

    check out ipe (ee-pay) wood, if ya can find it. It's harder (less bendy) than cedar or redwood and equally durable in the elements. Of course you'll have to cut it to the correct shape, but I imagine it will be a beautiful retrofit of a nice old bench.
    • Re: Replacement slats for garden bench?

      Sat, September 2, 2006 - 4:48 AM
      I'd use black locust. It is very hard, and quite rot resistant and a lot growns here. Fast growing pioneer species tree. It is what folks around here make outdoor furniture out of and use for fence posts. It looks good too.

      If i were you, i'd call around for a local cabinet shop where they sounded friendly.

      You could actually get something like this shipped UPS at a fairly reasonable price. There are a lot of wood dealers on ebay, and you can get pretty much anything you want.

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