This was my first attempt at making a version of a backless garden bench. I styled it after a picture of some that I saw online. The construction was pretty simple and the ergonomic seating is quite comfortable. Most of the joinery was done using pocket holes. I did some moderate round over routing on most of the pieces to give everything a smoother edge and to add a little character. To be as efficient with the material as possible, I made the top rails out of a 1×4x8 cedar board cut in half with each piece ripped in half (thus getting 4 strips out of each board). Total cost of the 2 benches ended up being less than $50. I sprayed them down with a cedar tinted wood protector as well to give it some added color and protection from the elements. Ended up being a nice little addition to the driveway.