Build a Bench

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Some woodworkers turn up their noses at 2-by lumber, but it’s a great choice for beginners and for experienced woodworkers who want to enjoy a weekend in the shop. Cypress and cedar are nice, but considering that the pine version can be built for $40, I’m betting that a few woodworkers may reconsider home center stock.
Despite its simplicity, this seat is surprisingly sturdy. Mortise-and-tenon construction and exterior-grade hardware create a base that’s able to withstand almost anything Mother Nature might send its way.


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