Introduction: Trashed Park Bench

About: Michigan woodworker and maker.

Found this in the trash at work, asked the boss man if I could take it home. They said sure. The fun started right after that. This instructable will be about taking this particular item from trash to function, and will just demonstrate what I did to restore this item into a nice piece outside my personal shop.

Step 1: Materials

The list of materials:
  • Trash you want to make awesome again.
  • Wood that you have no idea what you want to use it for
  • bolts
  • paint
  • drills
  • saws
  • sanding ---- lot's of sanding.

Step 2: Tear It Down

Tore the item down to the frame. Sanded and Painted the frame.

Noticed that the rust had ruined the feet of the bench, so designed something from some 4x4 walnut I bought at a garage sale for $5.

Step 3: Build the Parts and Mortise the Legs

Measure the material and ensure you have the correct layout for the mortises on each leg. Due to the build up of paint and material, not every leg was the same. Measure twice and you know the rest.

Step 4: Rip Wood and Epoxy for Slats

Made all the slats from three very poor boards I had laying around (red oak). The boards were twisted and just not fixable easily for larger furniture pieces, so I made slats 3 inches wide by 64 inches long. I then epoxied the wood and moved to the next step - Sanding. Lots of sanding.

Step 5: Tap on the Legs

Once the mortises were made and the bench fit in each leg snuggly, it was time to bolt the legs to the bench for stability. I decided to drill and tap the wood and metal in place with 5/16" bolts. I used a 1" forestner bit to make the recess for the bolts. Then just screw it all together. The wood and the metal were threaded, this made it easy to guide the bolt and saved a lot of time on guess work. Just make sure the position the seat is in, is the position you want to sit in.

Step 6: Finished

Now I have a bench for the shop. This was a fun build. Thanks for viewing.