I had some of that old floor board pine left over, plus some 2×6 stock from a beam. Neighbor wanted a bench for his porch. Hmm.. Happened to see an Old Norm Abram show about an English Garden Bench. His was out of teak, at wee bit pricey for me. I had all that old pine, that had been in a one room school house. Had? School house was torn down a few years back. I got some templates of that New Yankee bench, and started to make some sawdust. See IF I came close..
Those seat boards used to be Tongue &Groove flooring, I ripped the T&Gs off, I also kept a few off cuts. The ripped off T&Gs made very good "dowels" to pin all the mortise and tenon joints. When sanded smooth, they came out square. A square peg in a round hole.