That’s a great looking Bench Selva. Nothing to be bashful about there. This is one of the fun projects and I am so glad Paul did this project. I started on my 3rd one this week and I have a paying order for one made from Oak.
There were a couple of things I did a bit different from the project series. In the center support, I used through tenons and wedged them with a walnut wedge.
The other thing that I did was use Kreg Jig and pocket screws instead to hold the slats down.
I like the beefy look of the thicker boards. I used 2×6 but planed them down to just over 1 inch. I may go with 1 3/8 on the next one.