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Garden Bench

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
screw-and-plug approach.


Assembly Steps

1. Mill all pieces to their final dimensions, except for the spreaders (D) and brace (F).

2. Make a template (Fig.


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