Come on, admit it! How many of you have a clapped-out Cast-Iron framed bench from the likes of B&Q. It looked great when you put it together a couple of years ago. But now the wooden slats have rotted, the fixing bolts are all rusted-up and the paint has peeled off the frame. Well don't confine it to the re-cycling centre as I can restore it. I can also supply complete benches if you don't have any ends!
I have refurbished several benches recently. I have replaced the rotten wooden slats with thicker sustainable European Hardwood, usually well seasoned French Oak, though the one on the left here incorporates Meranti for the gorgeous grain texture. I have stripped and repainted the frames with Hammerite, and re-erected the bench using stainless steel bolts. With 3 coats of UV resistant Danish Oil the bench is better than the original. It'll certainly last a darn sight longer! Dependent on the amount of work needed they usually cost about £140. All these below are French Oak, though I can use Black Walnut or Sapele, for example, and you can see the detail of the stainless steel countersunk bolts. Contact me for a free estimate.
I have recently renovated a French style bench, which had once graced one of the parks in Paris. It was quite a challenge as it had 21 slats compared to the usual UK types which have only 12. Here are the before and after photographs. The slats are made from Grade C16 CLS (Canadian Lumbar Standard) pressure treated wood and are secured in place with stainless steel screws from behind to provide a smooth wave-effect seat area.