Big A’s Bench

I was going through drafts of posts and found this one from late last summer.  Apparently I finished it, but forgot to ever post it.

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Our neighbors used to have a bench between our property and theirs.  It was old.  Very old.  This past winter it finally fell apart.  They were going to haul it away this spring, but Big A hated the idea.  He asked them if he could have the bench so he could fix it.  They loved the idea, and so we acquired a broken park bench.

I don’t have a picture of the bench prior to dismantling.  One side had already fallen off and the wood was very brittle.  And if you tell a 7-year-old boy he can take something apart, it gets taken apart quickly and completely.  Thankfully, he was good about collecting he hardware in a cup so we would be able to get replacements.

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We got some screws, bolts, nuts, washers, and 1×3 cedar, and rebuilt the seat and back.  I was going to help Big A with the project, but Grandpa wanted to do it instead.  They had a great time together and it turned out nicely.  Now the bench is out near the end of the driveway so the boys can sit on it while they wait for the bus in the morning.

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