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Workshop

LIAM MOGAN

BUZZ WORTHY

SATURDAY PROJECT

Build a set of boxes that your backyard bees will be proud to call home

BEE THE CHANGE

SATURDAY PROJECT

Cottagers know that bees are in trouble. According to the David Suzuki Foundation, habitat loss is largely to blame. So why not give our little pollinator friends a leg up with this simple bee box project? Canada is home to hundreds of species of bees, including solitary mason bees (native to North America), which pollinate up to three times more than their honey-producing relatives. They love to nest in dark, narrow tunnels, such as the bamboo tubes used in this design. Paint your bee boxes in bright, floral colours, and you’ve got a cozy home base for the local pollinators to nest in when they’re not sampling nearby flowers.—Paul Lewis

1 Start by tipping the blade of your table saw to 30° from vertical. Then, using a short length of 1x4 as a guide, adjust the fence so that the resulting cut bevels the edge of the board without reducing its width. The correct distance will be unique to your setup because several factors affect this distance—the initial board width, the blade diameter, and the blade thickness of your saw will vary. Rip one long edge of the board, then flip it around and rip the opposite edge.

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Love is in the air—and in the pages of the Early Summer issue of Cottage Life. Our readers’ sweetest (and silliest) romance stories from the lake Inspiring design ideas from three cozy little love shacks Tips for getting along with your neighbours The inside scoop on the (surprisingly frisky!) cottage critter dating scene Our essential guide to keeping the cottage in the family An easy, casual tostada feast to feed all your loved ones—even the ones with dietary restrictions Summer projects to show your love: a bee box for troubled pollinators, a nature-inspired centrepiece for a cottage wedding, and a dock staircase that’s good for Grandpa, kids, and pets The inspiring story of a cottager who, at 22, brought the struggling lakeside store of her childhood back to life Intel on the new tribunal that’s replacing the OMB and how cottagers can help steer their lake’s development Pick up the Early Summer 2018 of issue of Cottage Life for tips and ideas to make this your best season yet.