Counter Top Bench

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My SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed) asks me to build a bench for our island kitchen countertop. The countertop has a side (toward the breakfast area) that is never really been used. My wife suggests a long bench that can be placed next to it, so we can better use the space.

I started out by designing the bench in a 3D design software; made sure my SWMBO likes it; purchased black walnut lumbers (more than $7/board-ft, ouch!) from a local lumber store. Here it goes:

The below picture shows the kids having a breakfast; they prefer to use the bench more than the formal breakfast table now; maybe it is just sooner to eat when the mommy gets the meals ready:)