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A question for those that turn wood to sawdust
« on: May 14, 2020, 07:36:09 pm »
I have a small bench I bought probably 20 years ago from one of those fire company fundraiser tool trucks years ago.
Its been outside in the weather for most of its life and I enjoy sitting on it in the back yard.
The slats are starting to bend and sag after all this time .
Can anyone tell me the proper wood to replace these slats that will be sturdy as the old were?

Ill include a link to the photograph.  Thanks to those of you in the know.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/NRdG5n5HZvqRQwYr8


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Re: A question for those that turn wood to sawdust
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2020, 08:11:47 pm »
I am in the process of redoing a bench just like that.  Mine was in worse shape than yours.  I am using oak for my slats.  I have acquired a lot of oddball wood over the years so it really ain't costing me much for the oak.  You could use just about any wood.  The one thing that is a must, is that it be straight grain without any knots.

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Re: A question for those that turn wood to sawdust
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2020, 08:19:30 pm »
I paid so little for this bench at the time I now wish I would have bought several. :happy:

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Re: A question for those that turn wood to sawdust
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2020, 08:35:20 pm »
Buzzbee if you don't mind, post a picture when finished.

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Re: A question for those that turn wood to sawdust
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2020, 09:06:31 am »
Ash would be my choice but paint is the answer.
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Re: A question for those that turn wood to sawdust
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2020, 09:13:10 am »
I would try to go with teak. and yes, please post a picture when done

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Re: A question for those that turn wood to sawdust
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2020, 11:23:27 am »
I?m doing the same thing
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Re: A question for those that turn wood to sawdust
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2020, 11:23:51 am »
I bought a similar bench from a local home center about 25 years ago.  I think the original wood was some variety of cheap Chinese box wood like elder or Asian elm and it lasted only 5 or 6 years.  I chose not to try to rebuild it, as buying good lumber in a big box store was cost prohibitive for me.  The bolts and nuts were also rusted beyond reclamation.

If you have access to local (inexpensive) hardwood it might be cost effective, because quality hardwood could last for decades with proper paint or varnish at regular intervals.  Stainless hardware would help extend the life as well.  Now you're talking outdoor furniture!
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Re: A question for those that turn wood to sawdust
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2020, 12:30:32 pm »
Locust wood lasts the longest - if memory serves me correctly. It's hard to get, often has wavy grain, and thus hard to work with. But it lasts, and is strong.
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Re: A question for those that turn wood to sawdust
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2020, 01:28:35 pm »
Locust makes very good natural fence post for the reason of long life before deterioration. I am thinking those benches came with teak back in the day, as Seeb mentioned.

Here in the South, cypress is known for longevity. I do not know how it would work as a bench slat.

Our Neighbor across the road, had his home custom built with redwood from California brought in for his siding. Redwood may also be a consideration?



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Re: A question for those that turn wood to sawdust
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2020, 09:06:30 am »
buzzbee - from the picture in the link, your bench looks like an antique to me, maybe from the 1940's or 50's. Can you sand/cut into one of the slats enough to be able to see or smell the wood to identify it? If it's lasted all these years it might be the perfect thing to put back on it.