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clwiedrich
Finding parts for old park bench
clwiedrich

Hi! I am refurbishing an old park bench that I inherited with a cottage. It has wrought iron ends and wooden slats that are bolted onto the ends. However, I am missing a metal brace for the middle of the back side (I know this because I have another bench that has this piece). Does anyone know where I might find this single part that I am missing? I have tried googling but been unsuccessful, so I would welcome any suggestions!

dj1
Re: Finding parts for old park bench
dj1

Not an easy task. Search steel fabricators in your area, maybe they can come up with something.

ed21
Re: Finding parts for old park bench
ed21

Maybe the brace is hidden in a basement or work shed on the property.

A. Spruce
Re: Finding parts for old park bench
A. Spruce

Benches, new and old, were "one off" items, meaning, you bought the bench and that was it, there are no parts to be had, unless you can find another bench to salvage what you need.

As was suggested, find yourself a metal fabricator for the task to replicate the part you need. Have plenty of pictures in hand to show what you need and ask a lot of careful questions as to whether or not the fabricator can make a "vintage" looking piece.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Finding parts for old park bench
Mastercarpentry

A bit of overkill I guess, but if you're a stickler for authenticity....

Since you have an original it will be easy to create a mold from it then have a one-off casting poured in brass or bronze, painting it to match. Casting iron is considerably tougher than these softer metals. Seek out a small foundry (hobbyist or business) and they can do it all, or to save money you can make your own sand-casting mold rather easily. Since you only need one part the mold can be semi-rough and disposable; you can finish the casting by hand afterward. If you're interested google it, there's far too much to relate in a posting here but it is actually a quite simple process. You'll likely read your own obituary before finding an original unless this was a high-production item which few of these were- most were designed and cast locally back in the day when every medium-sized city had it's own small foundry at the edge of town.

Phil

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