Reply To: Care of outdoor wooden bench


To reinforce one of Barbara Appelbaum’s questions, I think it would be a good idea to start out by determining whether the wooden elements of this bench are even original material or not. I have the impression that you’re talking about a typical park bench with wooden slats supported by cast iron end frames. If the piece really dates to the 1920s, there is a good possibility that the original slats have been replaced in more recent times (and, depending upon what species was used, perhaps more than once). If this is that case, “conservation” may prove to be a moot point, and replacement of the deteriorated wood may be an acceptable option.