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                                                                        Mark Rayner gives an old wooden bench a new lease of life.

                                                                     You will need
                                                                     • Old wooden bench
                                                                     • About 9m of 100mm x 25mm        • Wire brush
                                                                       (dressed) kwila decking         • Resene Rust Arrest                To get the look
                                                                     • Circular saw                    • Resene Super Gloss tinted
                                                                     • Set square                        to Resene Black Forest              Mark painted the
                                                                     • Pencil                          • Resene Kwila Timber Stain           background
                                                                     • Screwdriver                     • Turps (for cleaning brushes)        retaining wall with
                                                                     • 30mm stainless steel bolts      • Paintbrushes                        Resene Woodsman
                                                                     • 20mm stainless steel screws     • Dry cloth                           tinted to Resene
                                                                                                                                             Oiled Cedar.

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Dismantle the wooden bench. Use the         Spot prime the areas of bare iron with   Paint the back panel and end legs with   Using the original wooden slats as a
wire brush to remove any areas of rust      Resene Rust-Arrest. Allow to dry for     one coat of Resene Black Forest. Allow   guide, measure and cut the decking to
on the back panel and end legs, as          24 hours.                                to dry for 16 hours before applying a    size. Our slats were 75mmW x 1.2mL.
shown.                                                                               second coat.                             Measure and cut the two smaller
                                                                                                                              lengths for back panel.

                                                                                                                              Reassemble the wooden bench using
                                                                                                                              the stainless steel bolts and screws.
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Measure and drill a 6mm hole at            Apply one coat of Resene Kwila Timber      Wipe off any excess timber stain with
either end of the seating slats – again,   Stain to the kwila slats.                  a dry, lint-free cloth. Allow to dry
use the original wooden slats as a                                                    thoroughly for 24 hours.
                                                                                                                              For more on paints phone 0800 RESENE
guide.                                                                                                                        or visit

March 13 - 26 2008                                                                       Weekend Gardener                           27

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