Time to add the finish layer to the bench seat. Normally, I would do this after painting but since this bench has ornate curves, that is difficult to do. Each board has been cut to fit. Otherwise, I would paint then stain the seat are and attach it after the fact.
I had some #2 red oak left over from a job from years ago. I always thought oak flooring on a bench or chair would be nice. Well, here was my chance.
First, I needed to do the outside edge and since I didn't have any bullnose, so I had to use the router to make a nice edge. I did an overhang of 2" because I wanted a nice piece underneath that outside piece. After getting those on, from there it's as simple as adding board after until covered. If you give this a try, Make sure the tongue is well in the groove. You'll notice that before installing the last piece, I took some clamps and squeeze the boards together to close any remaining gaps.
While clamped I nailed it into place. I didn't use any glue on the bottom or in the groove but you can if you like. Just make sure you still nail/staple everything into place before removing the clamps. After that, I ripped my last piece and cut it to length. I also ripped the tongue off just to make placement a little easier. If you can leave the tongue on, do that. The final stage here was to add a border around the back. I used the same #2 red oak. This is optional but in my case, it gave the seat area a nice finished look.