I had been wanting to make a nice patio bench for a while now, so when I read your “Perfect Patio Combo” article, I just knew I had to make one. The article had a nice, detailed parts listing, with board dimensions required for each size of bench. Not wanting to take the magazine with me to the home store, I transcribed the board dimensions onto paper. The list is very basic, not much room for error. Once home I was excited to begin the project, so I laid out the individual boards for measuring and cutting.
Soon thereafter, I realized that I should pay as much attention to transcribing as I do to measuring and cutting…measure twice, cut once and all that. I realized that I had taken the 2 x 10 x 8 and turned it into 2 x 8 x 10. In addition to a narrower side table/arm rest, I had too much board now! Well, not wanting to go all the way back to the home store, I opted to take a chance and use the different boards.
As you can see from the attached photos, all turned out well, even with the narrower sides! This is a great bench that will last a long time and the cedar-tone treated wood goes well with a couple of cedar deck boxes I made.
Lesson learned: proof your hand-written measurements against the original…twice! — Steve Peuser