Put together a charming tree bench over one weekend. Friday: Make the bench's template and size the sections. Saturday: Cut and lay out the seat boards, and make the leg assemblies. Sunday: Attach the seat boards to the leg assemblies, install the bench around the tree, and add the backrest and apron.
How to Build a Tree Bench
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DIYers are searching for window-treatment ideas, but the TOH take on dressing up your windows is crown and casing! Trim bonus? Covering gaps and draft-proofing while defining a style. Learn the anatomy of a perfect border and you'll be one step closer to doing it yourself...with confidence! | Illustration: Harry Campbell | thisoldhouse.com