This bench was one of a group that I made a thank you gifts for my children's teachers. The shelf below the seat is made from two boards set on angle like the shelves of a library cart. I thought it would look nice in a classroom or bookstore holding books waiting to be read to children. The seat is made from a wide plank of cherry with the light sapwood on both sides of the darker heartwood. The base is made from Souther Yellow Pine.