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  1. #1
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    Default Park/garden bench, plans/designs?

    I'm thinking of making a park bench for my front porch. I've seen some that are horizontal or vertical "slatted" with maybe 1-inch strap. Vertical slat benches look stronger, as they've been supported by a more substantial frame. Every vertical slat would have to be bent on a custom jig, while the horizontal slats are all straight, and follow contours of the ends.

    I have a general idea how it could go together. Still, looking for designs to study, different types of end structures, artistic touches, tips on bending slats, etc. Paint suggestions... I'm not sure mere spray paint would be good enough.

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    Bending Jig
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    Default Thanks

    OK, I can see that building a jig or 3 would be easy. Or, a nifty, adjustable one.

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    Bending Jig

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    think about powder coating the bench. will have a professional look and will last much better than paint. cost should not be terrible-the place i use does my trellis' for $30, gates for $30 and up, etc. cat

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    Default very good

    Thanks for that, cat. I have been wondering how much powder coating costs, but haven't been serious enough, yet, to even see if there's a local powder coating outfit.

    For small parts, I've been considering getting an old range/oven for my shop, with cheap gun and blast cabinet. If it's cheap enough to have done, I might pass on the home setup.

    Quote Originally Posted by cat View Post
    think about powder coating the bench. will have a professional look and will last much better than paint. cost should not be terrible-the place i use does my trellis' for $30, gates for $30 and up, etc. cat

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    the powder coat place i use has a $30 min. per color so i try to plan to have several pieces per color. i haven't tried any cost comparisons with other company's because this one works for me. they know me quite well now and i think give me a break on some pricing. i'll try to find some photos of a few benches i've done and post those. would like to see your finished project. cat

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