just have to get some more screws for the support straps. turned out pretty good condidering i had to use a rotor razor to rip the boards and hand sand the planks. at least i remember how to weld cast iron.
yeah i was worried about the strength of cedar but surpisingly 1” thick stuff is fairly stout. i can sit on it without the support strap and it barely flexes.Looks great, I need to redo the wood I have on a similar bench.
it had these holes drilled in that i assume was for some type of stabalizer bar, so i made one out of 1/4 all thread rod. i put a torpedo level on the side of the frame to get it square vertically by adjusting the nuts on the rod. then after i had the slats bolted to just snug, i rolled it forward so the lions heads were on the garage floor then i tightened down the slats. this made it square horizontally. that was about the only way i could figure to get it square. when i get the screws for the support im gonna get a 3/8 piece of steel pipe, primed and painted to match, and slide the allthread through and tighten the crap out of it. seems like these old benches sell for a couple hundred. lol, i got 50 bucks in it.Yes indeed, I like it.
How did you keep it square?
I saw an auction (mClemore) where some seemingly nice wood was up for bids, lots of stuff for someone with tools and skill.