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Sanding and Removing Mildew
I sawed a couple inches off one of the legs to adjust the angle, then used medium grain sandpaper to remove remaining twigs and knots. I found a few spots of lingering surface mildew, and removed them with a mild mildew remover. I examined the wood for any internal decay or deeper mildew—happily, there was none! I applied fine grain sandpaper to give the wood a smooth and even texture.