This is the first bench my friend Cathy and I ever started. Note, I said "started". It is NOT the first bench we finished! We got this far, and we got stumped as to how to make it sturdy enough. Now, mind you we are not carpenters or woodworkers. So, we thought it best to "think on it" and we put it aside for about a month. Meanwhile we made another bench (a twin). After we finished it, we felt like we had more of an idea of what we needed to do.
We added planks for the seat, and we supported the underneath side with some 2x4's. We also put a little "skirt" on the front of it.
We've made several benches since this one. Check back at a later date to see more benches, and more t2t pieces!