An ApologyI want to start off by apologizing for the lack of photographs detailing the final stages of this project. It may seem like I stopped caring about whoever is reading this, but the truth is, it took all of my concentration to not make mistakes (or to recover from mistakes made) as I approached the completion of this project. Finishing the bench consumed all of my thought, energy and focus. Some part of me knew that if I didn't pay attention I was going to ruin everything, and the thought of making an irreparable mistake at this point was too much. So I left the camera in the bag and got to work.
Pre-finishingI decided to apply the finish before assembly. It took about a week. Here's a few in-progress photos.
After everything was dry I made up some pegs and did one final dry fit just to make sure. My brother Jason helped me glue it all together. No problems, perfectly square. /Thumbs up!
Next Up: Attaching the Hardware