Replace park bench slats

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What wood is used to replace the slats in a park bench?


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  • Deb K Deb K on May 02, 2020

    Hi John, Yandles hardwood bench slats are machined on site out of Kiln Dried Oak and Sapele. They are available in a variety of widths and lengths and perfect for replacing damaged or rotten bench slats on garden benches. These slats can be finished with a varnish or oil for exterior use or left to weather naturally. Other common lumber furnishing materials include oak and southern yellow pine. Hope this helps you out, also, think about using tung oil as an easy finish

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on May 02, 2020

    Hi! It would depend on what yours is made of. I would suggest taking one of the slats to a lumberyard or Home Depot/Lowe's to match what you need. Be sure you know the number you need, and the length. If they don't have it in stock, they should be able to order it. I'm guessing it's outdoors, so you'll want to plan on a protective finish. Also, make a list of any replacement hardware you may need. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Gk Gk on May 02, 2020

    We used 1x3's to repair our bench. That was the size our bench was made with.

    • John John on May 03, 2020

      Thank you GK. I’ve used cedar slats for fences, not flexible enough. What type of wood did you use?

  • Dee Dee on May 02, 2020

    When you’re choosing wood take the time to pick through the pile for the straightest ones. They’ll twist a little after you build the bench.


    This may also be a good project to try some pallet wood.


  • Mogie Mogie on May 02, 2020

    A friend of mine used white oak hard wood flooring planks cut to the size needed.

  • Betsy Betsy on May 03, 2020

    Hi John: I've used oak, pine, just about everything. It's how you preserve it that is the success to your task. One thing I have learned, the hard way and with lots of bad thoughts, was how to put the slats back on. You don't start from one side and go to the other. You put one on the top side, one on the front and one in the middle and work your way around like that. Otherwise, for some reason, the darn thing looks o.k., but some of your boards will be too long or too short. Why? No idea, even if you cut them the same length. If you follow this plan, they will all go on correctly and with a minimum of hair pulling and dirty looks! :) Good luck