I managed to build this with a circular saw and some sand paper with absolutely no experience!! I am so happy with the results. I followed the plans precisely as I am not brave enough to experiment yet. I used Minwax Polyshade Mission Oak flavor. I've never stained anything before and I was pleased with the results. A couple coats and the shade is beautiful. I am going to fashion a couple benches and find me some brightly colored chairs and call it done.
Thank you for making this possible. I certainly never thought I could do something like this.