Restores a Cast Iron and "Oak" Bench
Over the past several months Dad has been working on
restoring a cast iron and oak bench (another street side colleciton). The iron had to be taken
down to bare metal and the wood had to be completely
replaced. New oak wood from Lowes was going to cost somewhere
around $60 so I suggested that he use some of
white ash I have stacked up in my garage. He liked the idea.
also suggested that he use Schooner Gold varnish that I had
left over from refinishing wood on
This varnish is supposed to have high UV resistance. Standard
polyurethane varnish is not all that UV resistant.
Since the bench is intended for outside use, UV resistance seems important.
He even polished up and reinstalled the little brass badge on the seat back that claims "Authentic Oak," even though now it is authentic white ash.
Today, July 17, I helped him move it up from his basement workshop onto his front porch. It looks great!