Easy-does-it garden bench
Start with the legs
1 From a 4x4 cedar post 8' long, cut four clear 18"-long workpieces for the legs (A). Using your jointer, square two adjacent faces on each piece. Then, cut a 2 1/4"-square leg from each piece.
2 Mark the two best faces on each leg for the outside. Then, lay out the 3/8 x 2 1/2" mortises on the legs' inside faces, where dimensioned on Drawing 1, making sure you have mirrored pairs of legs. Using a 3/8" Forstner bit in your drill press and a fence to keep the holes aligned, drill the 7/8"-deep mortises. (The mortises are 1/8" deeper than the mating tenons' length to prevent glue squeeze-out and ensure tight-fitting joints.) Now, square their sides and ends with a chisel.
3 Rout 1/8" round-overs along all of the legs' edges and ends. Then, sand the legs smooth using 180-grit sandpaper.
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