My father-in-law, rather than worry about his upcoming major cancer surgery, chose to take me to the garage and we made these planter-/bench combinations for my dad. What a classy guy! I asked him if he was worried about the surgery, which could involve removing his entire stomach.
"I'm not worried. I'm in good hands. And if the Lord chooses to take me, that's okay. I've led a wonderful life." What a great attitude.
The completed project, less stain. Notice the bench sets on the planters, so you can configure it like this...
Or this. Clever.
Many thanks to Phill Thorleifson and his great example.