This bench is made from some rather
ugly white pine boards I had. They were blued and kind of gnarly
in places but they worked out pretty well for this project. The
ends and top are made from 11in wide by 1in thick boards. I
started with the end boards first.
I made these 20-½ in tall
which is a good sawing height for me. With the ends of the end
boards cut square I used a cutting gauge to scribe a line 1 1/16
in down to mark the tenon shoulder.
Then I laid out two 2in wide tenons 1 ½ in in from the sides of the board. I used a dovetail
saw to saw the sides of the tenons and then removed the waste in
between with a coping saw. With the sawing complete I finished
up leveling the shoulder with a chisel.
Next I used a marking gauge from
the edges on both sides of the board to make a 1in wide mark in
the center for the stretcher mortises. I then laid out two 1 ¼
in tall by 1in wide mortises for the stretcher and transferred
the marks around to the other side also.