During the June spring clean-up day in my town I came across an old garden bench that someone was throwing out. It was falling apart, weathered grey with age, but otherwise in good condition (no rot).
So I took it home, disassembled it piece by piece, sanded it down, and then reassembled it and stained it to match the garden fence.
It looks great and coast about $30 for all the glue, dowels, sandpaper, foot stones, and stain & brush. Not bad for a 5 ft. hardwood bench that should have cost me about $400-500 (“one man’s junk, is another man’s treasure”).
It now reside along the Dragon's Spine area.