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  1. Loved it.
    It was a really easy project, made extra easy by using a miter box.
    I have used a hand saw quite a few times in my life and it has always been easy enough, but by using the miter box to cut the wood it made it super easy. You don’t have the tricky part of starting off the cut and you don’t need to worry about getting it straight, you just lightly glide the saw back and forth through the miter box and it cuts through easily.
    The drill took a bit of getting used to.
    If I wasn’t completely straight to the screw it would wobble and make a noise but if I was perfectly straight the screws went in smoothly.
    I enjoyed drilling the holes the most, and seeing it all come together.
    The plans were very easy to follow and I love the end result.
    If I were to do it again I would make the bench seat and table a foot or two longer.

    Preparation. Making a miter box
    As this was Rose’s first woodworking job and she had never used a power saw before, we decided to use just a hand saw. Although she had used a handsaw before, she was not all that good at doing exact cuts so we thought it would be best for her to have a miter box – a simple tool to guide the saw, making cross cuts easy, straight, and accurate.
    So…
    So Rose made a miter box, which technically was really her first woodworking project – but that’s another story.

    Step 1. Cutting the pieces to length
    Rose measured and marked a piece of wood and placed it in the miter box for cutting. As she is a novice at this, she found that the box bounced around a bit with her sawing motion.
    The fix?
    Rose clamped the miter box to the work surface. This solved that problem and Rose was then able to cut all the pieces accurately and easily.

    Step 2. Drilling screw holes
    Screw holes had to be drilled at each end of all the side pieces according to positions given in the instructions.

    Rose was also a novice with a power drill, and although she was a bit slow to start, she had it mastered by the finish.
    Using it (the power drill) to make the miter box previously also gave her a bit of practice.

    Step 3. Marking side board positions
    Referring to the plans and instructions Rose marked for the middle side board on the table top rails and footers, and also the center of the bench top rails and footers.

    There are three vertical boards each side of the table but only two vertical boards each side of the bench, so the table sides and bench sides have to be marked differently.
    It did take a little bit of plan concentration.

    Step 4. Fixing the first side board
    With the plan drawings in front of her, Rose fixed the first board (with only one screw at each top and bottom) to the top rail and footer of each side.

    The side middle board for the table side is fixed in the center of the top rail and footer, whereas there is no middle board in the bench sides so the bench side boards are fixed to the sides of the center mark.

    Rose figured that out with a bit of a plan study.

    Step 5. Adding the other side boards
    She then added the rest of the vertical side boards but only fixed them with one screw top and bottom of each board.

    The reason for only one screw top and bottom?

    So the sides can be skewed if need be when checked to see if the vertical side boards are square with the top rails and footers.
    In short, it allows movement until you are sure everything is square.

    Step 6. Fixing the side boards
    Using a set square, Rose checked to see that the vertical side boards were square with the top rails and footers.

    Once confirmed (everything square), she put in the second screw top and bottom of every board.

    That then locked the side boards in square position to the top rails and footers and stopped any possible skewing.

    Step 7. Preparing the table & seat tops
    Rose placed all the table top boards together on the work surface ensuring all the ends were flush.
    She then screwed a cross member (batten) across the middle of the boards.

    She then measured in from each end and drew a pencil line across the boards that would determines the line where the screw holes would be drilled. The measurements and in the instructions.

    She then proceeded to drill the screw holes according to plan. Rose seemed to be getting more confident as the job progresses.

    Step 8. Clamping the sides to the tops
    Right, almost there. The table and bench tops are made, and the sides are made.

    Rose then clamped the sides to the tops (everything in upside down mode at this stage) ensuring the screw holes in the tops aligned with the center of the top rails.
    Then the table and bench were flipped upright and the tops screwed to the sides.

    Step 9. Adding the braces
    Finally, she added a brace to the table and a brace to the seat according to the instructions.
    This called for a dab of glue as each brace is only held by one screw at each end, and we don’t want any twisting, do we?

    Done!

    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_gBMKUzhcs&feature=youtu.be

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