I am new to this site, but after looking around it seems to be just what I was looking for. Short introduction: I am actually a computer guy with a carpentry hobby, just finished building a patio (http://www.conejonetwork.com/pics/patio.jpg ), and would like to venture into building my own 2 wood benches, one with storage. What I saw for the money I am willing to spend ($200-$300 per unit) is ugly or looks bad, and what I liked was over a 1000.00 a piece!!. I would like to build something from a nice dark wood, full size if possible, meaning 4x4 or 4x6, something that would last for while. It will be under a shaded, rain and sun protected area. I have all the tools needed. Your advice is greatly appreciated.
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