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I am reworking two benches with cast iron sides, for my wife.
Replacing the red oak slats with select cypress. I will finish with, 100
percent tung oil.
1. Planed boards to rough size thickness.
2. Hand planed one edge, to reference band saw fence.
3. Band sawed boards, 24 pcs. 13/16" X 2" X 48" long.
4. Planed boards to final thickness.
5. Referenced band sawed edge to drill press fence, drilled 1/4" hole
in each end.
6. Bolted slats, using 1/4" threaded rod, washers,nuts.
7. Ran 4' slats through my planer, until all edges cleaned up.

It worked out great! I am sure using threaded rods have been done
before. I just wanted to share this tip with everyone. I do not have
a joiner, only because of limited shop space.
If I did, I might still gang the boards and plane the groups of slats.
It went really quick, and accurate.
I will post some pics when I am done. I am also making two end
tables with a ceramic tile insert in the top to go with the benches.

Ellery Becnel
 

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Neat I will be looking forward to seeing the pictures.
 

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I went through the same thing Ellery. It seems Chinese red oak wears out quickly. ;)
 
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