Removing seriously rusted bolts? Answered
I picked up this old and weather worn but nice bench at Goodwill. Made of REAL materials, metal and wood. No plastic! The first link below shows the whole bench.
The slats are deteriorated and if I can't rehab them I will look for a hardwood pallet to repurpose.
The problem I'm facing is that the 1/4" steel bolts attaching the slats have rusted. I will replace these with stainless steel bolts, but I first need to remove the rusted bolts, without damaging the frame or further damaging the wood. The other two links show the two sides of the bolts. I think these are beyond loosening with WD-40.
The best I can think of is to grasp the back end of the bolt with a locking plier and drill through the head with a 1/4" bit. If you know of a better method, I'd like to hear.
Another question is, once I have this bench rehabed, it will be sitting where it gets exposure to the sun for most of the day. What is the best clear coating that I can apply to preserve the wood under this circumstance?