Happier Homemaker Outdoor Firepit Benches

I built these benches out of cedar, which added considerable cost to the job.  The total cost for four benches (including stain) was about $240.  I used clear cedar and Sikkens outdoor stain in chocolate brown.  I also modified the plans slightly to create stronger joints, using rabbet and mortise joints and Titebond III (waterproof) glue.  This only slightly changed the dimensions, but I think it will make the benches last for years to come.  It did add some time to the plans, as I think butt joints would've taken only 2-3 hours total before sand and finish. 

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$250
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Clear Cedar
Finish Used
Sikkens ProLuxe Semi-Transparent Chocolate Brown
Required Skill Level
Beginner