My friend and neighbor approached me last spring offering some mahogany boards that had once been the surface of a deck on someone’s home. He had acquired the boards when the person tore down the deck and the boards were going to go to waste. I’d been thinking of building a bench for outside the back of our house for about a year. I typically try to re-use wood from pallets and such, but a mahogany bench sounded even better. Recycling the wood gives it another life and saves a lot of money. I’m not sure I could afford to use new mahogany. Yes, it has marks and darker areas, but they add character. The wood took a fair amount of sanding to clean it up. When it was done, I applied teak oil to preserve it outside. (It will go inside the barn in the winter.) We finally put it outside yesterday. The light in the barn is rather flat and I had no idea how rich and beautiful the wood really looked until I had the bench out in position.