it's finally done. after 13 months (including a break of about 7 months) i've finally finished my bench. last week i put the final coat of finish on it. now i don't really have any need for a bench, but that doesn't really matter. what matters is that it's done, and now i am using it as a side table to hold my drink while i write this post, and it's doing a great job. here are some photos of it in different stages of development. now i guess i'll have to find something else to build.