After a long, cold winter, the sun is coming out and the air is starting to feel warmer — it's finally outdoor season! But that also means it's bug bite season. Ditch that aerosol can of bug spray and opt for these handy alternatives.
Carter Oosterhouse provides step-by-step instructions to show you how to build an outdoor, eco-friendly, mahogany bench for your porch or patio. Mahogany is chosen for its durability and it darkens over time for a beautiful finish. First he makes the seat back using a template and then sands them down to make them uniform. Next Carter explains how to drill pocket holes to keep screws hidden and then connects the stiles and rails to the backs. Then, assemble the front framing, which looks like a ladder, and connect the front and back sections. Now its time to create the slats. Cut tongues and grooves in the slats and attach slats to the framing. Saw off the ends to length. Now sit back and enjoy an outdoor storage bench for your patio.