1. Fill any holes, cracks, and crevices with wood filler, and thoroughly sand the completed bench.
  2. Paint or stain the completed bench the color of your choice.
  3. Now you need the half-heart cutouts that you have faithfully saved. Paint or stain the cutouts in a contrasting color, and let them dry.

I got a little festive with my paint choices. I painted the bench white, let the paint dry, then dribbled light green paint on top. I painted the cutouts solid green.

  1. Position the painted cutouts on the seat back as shown in the picture. The exact measurements are not important; make any arrangement you like. Use glue and two or three 1-1/2-inch-long screws to attach the cutouts to the back assembly.
  2. Place the finished bench on your porch and watch for the smiles.

If you cook outside, you've probably had the same frustrations that we've had. When you reach the grill carrying the tray of food, barbecue tools, special sauce, and seasonings, there is no place to put it. This barbecue surround solves the problem admirably.

I designed this surround to fit my husband's "irreplaceable" old smoker and grill. You can copy this design exactly, or alter it to fit your own grill. Ilie directions include methods for making modifications.


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