Weighing up the length of time expended on seeking out professional mendocino bench plans, I believe the best bet is to find the best designs available on the web. The building, in itself, of backyard furniture is already hard work without fatiguing oneself with fruitless searches. Assuage your fears of woodworking if you do happen to be worried.
There is little value in wasting precious time and effort evaluating amateur ideas which may be free but end in frustration and a half baked benches which are visually unpleasant and badly constructed. Professional mendocino bench plans exist which include plans for a plethora of other garden buildings and designs.
News about effective new products spreads fast and there is at least one site on the web offering over 12,000 outdoor infrastructure plans for domestic situations for under $30, I believe. So not only do you receive plans plans for benches but also for a whole range of potential structures, in contemporary as well as traditional and antique designs.
It provides a genuine opportunity to follow the initial genesis and/or progression of your garden landscaping and structural design over the years. An enormous amount of the yearly household budget can be recouped by not having to hire in contractors to erect basic structures well within the scope of your own capabilities and toolbox.
Another serious benefit of making your own woodwork creations is being able to adapt designs and choose your own wood and stone material. The whole look of an item can be dramatically augmented by a careful choice of timber, paints, dyes and other finishes. In fact, the whole topic becomes quite fascinating the more you become attuned to its infinite variations and degrees of nuances.
I must confess to being something of a nerd, but I have found the experience of building my own exterior yard furniture not just a relief due to saving so much money but also extremely refreshing and fulfilling.