Japanese Garden Bench

Combine five 2x4s, a handful of screws and a long afternoon to build a handsome and sturdy sitting spot for your deck or garden.
By Christopher Schwarz & Kara Gebhart
Pages: 80-83

From the April 2004 issue #140
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My father always has had a knack for doing more with less. He built the first house on our farm using a Skil saw, a drill and a hammer.

Sometime during my childhood he built a pair of these Japanese-looking benches using leftover 2x4s and framing nails. While visiting him one recent summer, I was struck by the fact that they have survived more than a dozen winters and still look good.

This project is really great for the beginning woodworker who doesn’t have a lot of tools, skills or confidence. But the end result will make you look like you’ve got all three, in spades.

From the April 2004 issue #140
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