White oak is a wonderful wood for a pair of unfinished outdoor benches. It will age gracefully, resisting decay and turning a beautiful gray color. Do you see the benches in the first picture? The benches will be assembled in such a way that all the joinery is mechanical. The sketch at the end will make that clearer. I chose to use hand tools for the joinery and surfacing just to keep in practice. You may not be able to see it, but the second picture is of the top of one of the benches that is joined with a shallow tongue and groove cut with the tools shown. The joint is so strong that without glue it stays together for surfacing! Both tops will be assembled from two pieces slid onto the three hidden dovetails and glued together. The curves in the legs were faired with power tools, though, because this is a commission that is to be done before Thanksgiving.
Dan is an experienced woodworker who is anxious to make an heirloom of the future for you.