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When I worked for M&M timber I bought one of the benches we made. Must be over 20 years ago now. It was made from Radiata pine which we imported from South Africa and used primarily to make timber playground equipment components. After a while I decided to apply a dark oak stain and varnish to it. A decision I have regretted ever since as it looked awful. So I decided that during lockdown I would strip it down and just apply a simple natural oak stain to it. 

Lockdown Project 1 of 3

When I worked for M&M timber I bought one of the benches we made. Must be over 20 years ago now. It was made from Radiata pine which we imported from South Africa and used primarily to make timber playground equipment components. After a while I decided to apply a dark oak stain and varnish to it. A decision I have regretted ever since as it looked awful. So I decided that during lockdown I would strip it down and just apply a simple natural oak stain to it. 

comments (18)

I think it's a wise choice! I love the look of natural wood- and it will keep you busy and active!
Bill Phillips: You will see the final result on Wednesday...I hope you will approve smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 May 2020, 03:32
Seeking ideas for use of you treated Pine logs, Bill?
Bill Phillips: The beauty with radiate is that it soaks up the treatment like a sponge. Hence the bench is still sound after over 20 years
You did good, ( to the wood ) Bill...smile
Bill Phillips: I don't know why I ever used that dark stain and varnish in the first place!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 May 2020, 04:53
The effects of lockdown are beginning to bear fruit..
Bill Phillips: I would never have got around to it normally. If I did I would have taken it to be stripped and saved myself a weeks work!
Now THAT would have been a project, Bill. I'm quite impressed.
Bill Phillips: It took me a week. In normal times I could just have taken it somewhere to be stripped but as I had plenty of time it was a nice excuse to sit out in the garden and get a suntan!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 11 May 2020, 05:38
It helps that lock-down is happening at a time when it is warm enough for us to do these garden projects
Bill Phillips: Very true. I would have had neither the time nor the inclination normally
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 11 May 2020, 06:34
What an awful job. To have to do and you seem to be have made an awful start on messing about with it. I hop you we’re wearing a mask against all the wood dust.
Bill Phillips: All safety precautions were taken comrade
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 May 2020, 06:42
I admire your skills - a fine project during this time! The bench looks quite better than Chris' one.
Bill Phillips: It is basically a good solid bench Philine
  • Chad
  • Somewhere+in+deep+space
  • 11 May 2020, 08:00
Bravo and good luck to you as you roll your sleeves up and put you back to the wheel in an attempt to restore an bench in a poor state of repair. I just hope your non relation is watching closely.
Bill Phillips: I suspect he will be overcome with indifference Chad
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 May 2020, 08:28
That might be a great idea, Bill. I am sure it will look great after you finished the job and I am sure you will share pictures.
Bill Phillips: The finale is on Wednesday Astrid
i like the bench in different positions and various stages of its makeover, Bill.
Bill Phillips: I had to improvise Ayush grin
A really worthwhile project, Bill! I've been doing some DIY around the home and outside; this time has forced me to do things I've been putting off :-D
Bill Phillips: I have been the same really. There was always an excuse not to do things. But I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time in the garden
So many are working on chores like this and redecorating in the home during the lockdown. I have had a new toilet and floor in my upstairs bathroom and have a bench upside down on my deck, waiting for me to repair. Busy, Busy, busy!
Bill Phillips: It is a perfect opportunity Care
  • Louis
  • South+Africa
  • 11 May 2020, 11:27
Chad has beaten me to the essential comment of the unrelated one. Maybe you should write Tiff step-by-step instructions smile
Bill Phillips: He would need to get a bench worth restoring first Louis grin
I look forward to seeing the finished result on Wednesday.
Bill Phillips: It can only be an improvement....I hope
I know the stain is to protect the wood, but are there no clear stains available? Whatever, I love the bench - and its keeping you busy.
Bill Phillips: A clear stain would be an oxymoron Sheila
I know the feeling bill - I have an old rocking chair which has been in a partially stripped state for about 40 years smile
Bill Phillips: Now is the time to do it Tom!
can liquid varnish remover be used?
Bill Phillips: If I had any I would probably have used stripper and a wire brush but I didn't grin

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