Behold: The bench, glued up, and at five feet long, perfect for three people to sit comfortably.
Bench with rough-shaped seat slats.
Mocking up how the bench will look as a two-seater after realizing that, as much as I may wish otherwise, it simply was not going to hold three people. I actually sat down on it and heard a stretcher crack at the joint. First thing's first: lay down on the shop floor and take a nap. Then it's back to work.
Sawing apart the stretchers.
Twelve hours later, glue-up (redux).
Setting up to cut the seat planks down to size.
Cutting one of the seat planks. This was the hardest part.
And now: the new and improved two-person bench, complete with lower stretchers.
7:15 PM, Sunday night. Just enough daylight left to take a few pictures before the deadline tomorrow morning.