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Graceful, comfortable and built to last
by Luke Hartle
|It dawned on me the other day that every single project I’ve made|
resides in my house. Since I spend a lot of time in my back yard
garden, I decided it was high time I made something to enjoy in my
outdoor living space as well. This backless bench is the perfect
project. The bench is now the centerpiece of my yard. Stout
mortise-and-tenon joinery and naturally rot-resistant mahogany ensure
that it will retain its exalted position for years to come
Traditional joinery holds the framework together; the seat slats are
secured with a newer joinery technique, the Miller Dowel system (see
“Miller Dowel Joinery System,” below). The bench seemed to be the
perfect project on which to try these high-tech dowels. I really liked
how quick and easy they were to use compared with the traditional
1. Mill all pieces to their final dimensions, except for the spreaders (D) and brace (F).
2. Make a template (Fig.