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Wooden bench for cottage ideas

I'm a pretty novice woodworker but fairly handy. I have the following tools.
- circular saw
- chop saw
- skil/jig saw
- a few chisels
- some drill bits up to about 1 1/2"

I have some beautiful cedar wood at my cottage that I was thinking about making benches for around the fire pit. I'd like them to be comfortable with a back rest and each bench having space for about 2 or 3 people. The cedar I have is...
- 6 6"x6"x8' posts
- 15 2"x4"x8" boards

Any thoughts on what I can build with these kinds of materials and tools? I don't have a router.

I was thinking about each end having an upside down 'U' with the posts, an angled back with a post and then drilling inside each end and chiseling out a area in the posts to insert 2"x4" boards (3 or 4 on the seat and 3 or 4 on the back). I think this will look fairly clean you can use the thicker posts on each end to rest drinks on.

I'm just not sure of a few things.
- how to I attach the 3 pieces for the base (upside down 'U') considering the posts are 6"x6"?
- how do I attach the post back rest to the base at an angle to make it strong?

Any ideas or links to images/designs would be much appreciated.
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I'm a pretty novice woodworker but fairly handy. I have the following tools.
- circular saw
- chop saw
- skil/jig saw
- a few chisels
- some drill bits up to about 1 1/2"

I have some beautiful cedar wood at my cottage that I was thinking about making benches for around the fire pit. I'd like them to be comfortable with a back rest and each bench having space for about 2 or 3 people. The cedar I have is...
- 6 6"x6"x8' posts
- 15 2"x4"x8" boards

Any thoughts on what I can build with these kinds of materials and tools? I don't have a router.

I was thinking about each end having an upside down 'U' with the posts, an angled back with a post and then drilling inside each end and chiseling out a area in the posts to insert 2"x4" boards (3 or 4 on the seat and 3 or 4 on the back). I think this will look fairly clean you can use the thicker posts on each end to rest drinks on.

I'm just not sure of a few things.
- how to I attach the 3 pieces for the base (upside down 'U') considering the posts are 6"x6"?
- how do I attach the post back rest to the base at an angle to make it strong?

Any ideas or links to images/designs would be much appreciated.
Hi Richard, any progress with the benches? I'm interested in doing some cedar benches for my back porch as well. Did you find any plans?

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Hi Richard, any progress with the benches? I'm interested in doing some cedar benches for my back porch as well. Did you find any plans?

Grant
Grant,
I tried some things with the 6"x6" posts but found they were too difficult to work with. I'll probably find something with the 2"x4" boards for the frame. I found https://www.pinterest.com was the best site for ideas (search wood benches).

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Grant,
I tried some things with the 6"x6" posts but found they were too difficult to work with. I'll probably find something with the 2"x4" boards for the frame. I found https://www.pinterest.com was the best site for ideas (search wood benches).

Richard
I'll check out https://www.pinterest.com I was also looking at http://www.houzz.com/ which has a few ideas. I may pick one out and draw it up in sketchup.

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Some years ago I made a few Leopold benches as gifts. People really like them. Simple and comfortable. But made with 2x, not 6x.

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