Screws (if not already with the iron pieces)
Table saw and Jig saw
polyurethane and stain
multi-surface spray paint
4ft 1x3" (5 pieces for slats)
1 piece of 1x2" (for bottom and sides of frame)
1x6" (for the top curve)
1. With a wire brush, clean the iron pieces by brushing off built up dirt and rust
2. Spray the iron pieces with the desired color paint. Be sure to buy a multi surface paint that includes metals.
You may also want to spray your hardware but I left mine the chrome to act as an embellishment
3. set aside to dry
1. Measure how long you want the bench to be. My wood slats are 48" each. Once you have your desired length, use the saw to make the cuts for the 5 slats and bottom wood piece for the frame. (always measure twice and cut once)
*if you still have the existing wood from before simply mimic the measurements and cuts
* double check the cuts by laying the wood across the iron pieces
2. for the curved top piece (using the 1"x6" piece of wood) my dad constructed a pattern out of old cardboard and traced onto the wood. With a jig saw make the cuts.
*Here's a link for an alternate way of making the cut that works beautifully. I wish I would have run across this video during the project.
3. Sand the curved piece
4. Using the rest of the 1"x2" wood piece, measure the sides of the frame and make your cuts
5. Using a sponge brush for each, stain and poly the wood pieces (follow the printed instructions on the product)
*This step may take a few days due to drying time and the number of coats.
1. Lay the wood and mark the holes from the bottom Or put the holes in the middles of each end of the slat.
2. Drill the holes
3. Install the screws and put nuts on the bottom
I hope you all have been inspired by this project to start projects of your own that you never got around to or thought you couldn't accomplish on your own. You can do it! Instead of breaking the bank next time DIY.