This project was a blast, and really emphasized the importance of client/designer relationships. We had great clients, who were willing to experiment at every step of the way. We met little to not resistance, unless it regarded a design decision that impacted their user experience. This was great and goes to show that giving clients an interactive experience, greater helps their understanding.
If I were to do this again, I would strongly push for laser cutting the template that made the holes on the top of the bench. In addition, I would want to experiment with potentially using dominoes to join the piece, rather than two dowels in each joint. Lastly, I would love to experiment with other wood species, as a stronger type of wood would most likely yield a better more stable end product!