Thank you for all the tips, comments, words of encouragement and interest in my little project.
I took the rough cut lumber yesterday and squared of those little rounded edges with my tablesaw. I just took 1/8” of each side, about a blade’s width. It generated so much sawdust it looked like it was snowing on my driveway. By the way, does sawdust count towards your daily required fiber intake?
With the wood squared I started laminating the bench top. I decided to do it in three sections based on some advice I have read on some previous posts on LJ’s.
While those were curing I set out to put together the legs. Learned quite a lot about my ability to drill straight and true holes that lines un perfectly. What I learned is that I dont have that ability. But they are very close. I think the forgiving nature of the pine worked to my favor.
The legs and braces are held together with 1/4” x 4-1/2” lag bolts that I countersunk.
Some sanding will be required to get rid of my hole-alignment mishaps but I am overall pleased with the progress. If good fortune continues to smile on me I may just finish it today or tomorrow.
Ps. The bench will be freestanding so I hope the 30” width will work out ok.
-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien