Asked on Oct 5, 2020

Advice on replacing wood

Agnes ChrzanowskaKmdreamerKen Erickson
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I got these for free would like new wood and suggestion

19 answers
  • Take a piece of the wood to your local lumber yard or home improvement store to see what the size is. It looks like it may be 1" x 3".

  • Dee
    on Oct 5, 2020

    Home depot and Lowes will both cut wood slats for you.

  • Nan W.
    on Oct 6, 2020

    Take one of the slats to Home Depot and Lowes... and they can help you

  • Redcatcec
    on Oct 6, 2020

    Oh so easy!!!

    Take a representative slat to HD or Lowes, locate the lumber you need and they will cut anything without a diagonal. Look at the savings you have racked up.

  • Peggy Burnette
    on Oct 6, 2020

    Hi Loretta, hope this gets your chairs looking , I also added how to keep them nice.

    How to Replace the Wooden Slats in Garden Benches | Hunker

    www.hunker.com › ... › General Home Repair


    Measure the length of the garden bench slats and the width of each with a tape measure. Purchase 4-inch-long, 1/4-inch bolts with nuts for attaching the new slats. Remove the nuts and bolts that secure the center slats to the garden bench, using a pair of vise grips and a flathead screwdriver.

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  • Unique Creations By Anita
    on Oct 6, 2020

    Looking at that wood, it does not look to bad to me. Why not try and sand the old wood first and add new stain and polyurethane.

  • Flipturn
    on Oct 6, 2020

    These pictures do not show the undersides or insides of the slats of wood, where it could very likely be disintegrating beyond the point where the pieces can be saved.


    From a safety viewpoint, I would say it is best to replace these slats rather than trying to repair or rejuvenate them.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Oct 6, 2020

    Hello there,

    Buy Hardwood and cut to lengths to fit and secure in the same manner as original timbers. Not cheap, but worth it, or if wood is in good order - Use a Garden Wood treatment or use a Coloured Wax. Best wishes

  • If the wood looks like it's in good condition all the way around, you might just clean it up with some deck cleaner and stain them. Deck cleaner is surprisingly effective. Finding replacement slats with the specific shapes might be tricky unless you're a woodworker and can recreate them.

  • Cheryl A
    on Oct 6, 2020

    Make sure the base (metal parts) are not rusted and if they are they need to be cleaned up and painted first then remove the old wood and replace with new wood and you could stain the wood or paint it. A marine paint will hold up well outdoors

  • William
    on Oct 6, 2020

    You can get wood slats at the homecenter. Only thing to remember they will be flat and not bowed like the originals

  • Simple Nature Decor
    on Oct 6, 2020

    You can buy slats at Homedepot

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    on Oct 7, 2020

    I would sand and stain the existing wood if it isn't rotted or in bad shape. It may be hard to get wood that will bend into the perfect shape for those chairs.

  • Betsy
    on Oct 7, 2020

    Hi Loretta: You don't necessarily need to get curved wood, if that is concerning you.You can take one of the slats to your home improvement store and get some new wood or measure the length and width of the pieces, looks like 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inches and maybe 18 inches long, except for that back piece, which looks about 4 inches wide and just cut to taper at the ends. Put that piece on your new piece and draw a line so you know where to cut. Anyway, measure it, cut it to length, sand the edges so that they aren't sharp, put some Thompsons Water Seal (a really thin coat, otherwise it will get tacky), let that dry and then paint or stain. While you have the wood off, you can paint the metal. Oh, one more thing. Put the back piece on, then the front piece, then a back piece and a front piece. For some reason, if you don't, it gets all wonky and you think you've measured wrong. This has happened to me when I was re-doing my bench. That's how I figured out what to do. Same with the back, bottom, top, bottom top and so on. And, Bob's your uncle. Good luck, you can do this. I did and I'm so happy with the way it came out.

  • Deb K
    on Oct 7, 2020

    Hello Loretta, measure the wood and take a picture of the chairs then head to your local home improvement store, ask their expert to assist you in getting the coarct size and type of wood you will need. You may even be able to replace it with a composite which will last longer

  • Ken Erickson
    on Oct 8, 2020

    I would just use traditional outdoor wood (cedar, redwood, white oak, cypress, ipe), or you can use a cheaper wood and exterior paint.

  • Kmdreamer
    on Oct 10, 2020

    Measur the slats get the same size wood and measure the length cut and screw in and keep doing that till all cover

  • Agnes Chrzanowska
    on Nov 1, 2020

    Take a representative slat to HD or Lowes, locate the lumber you need and they will cut anything without a diagonal. Look at the savings you have racked up.

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