I downloaded the plans for this project from Fine Woodworking and purchased the full-size templates, although I see now that wasn’t necessary. All in all, I think this is a pretty cool and fun project. With the right tools – and isn’t that always the case – it is pretty easy. I’d say maybe intermediate. I was looking for a deck or garden bench design and this really popped off the page. Since I’m pretty tall and have pretty far to fall I don’t like low benches, so I raised the seat to about 20”. So far in this project I have advanced my knowledge of angles and mortises… lots of mortises. All the joints are perfectly aligned and I’m looking forward to building the backrest.
-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com