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Overview for How to Build a Compost Bench
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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SATURDAY Build the base and seat (Steps 1-9).
Sunday Make and install the backrest and arms (Steps 10-17).

Download a cut-list to make a Compost Bench here.

1x6 clear cedar, long base slats: six @ 57 inches

1x6 clear cedar, side base slats: six @ 24¼ inches

1x6 clear cedar, backrest footer: one @ 60 inches

1x6 clear cedar, armrests: two @ 28¾ inches

1x6 clear cedar, backrest slats: two @ 60 inches

1x6 clear cedar, backrest slats: two @ 19 inches

1x6 clear cedar, backrest slats: two @ 18 inches

1x6 clear cedar, backrest slats: two @ 17 inches

1x6 clear cedar, backrest slats: two @ 16 inches

1x6 clear cedar, backrest slats: two @ 15 inches

1x4 clear cedar, seat slats: six @ 60 inches

1x4 clear cedar, seat battens: three @ 22 inches

1x4 clear cedar, back base cap: one @ 57 inches

1x4 clear cedar, side base caps: two @ 22¼ inches

2x4 clear cedar, front posts: four @ 18 inches

2x4 clear cedar, short back posts: two @ 18 inches

2x4 clear cedar, long back posts: two @ 30 inches

2x4 clear cedar, angled brackets: four @ 11¼ inches, ripped diagonally to make eight supports (with one left over)

2x4 clear cedar, interior cross brace: one at 22¾ inches

1x1 clear cedar, seat-front lip: one @ 50 inches

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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • spring clamp
      clamp
    • circular saw
      circular saw
    • bar clamp
      bar clamp
    • drill
      drill/driver
    • 1/8-inch bit with combination countersink
      combination countersink bit
    • 1/16-inch drill bit with combination countersink
      1/16-inch drill bit

    Shopping List

    1x4 clear cedar Get eleven 8-footers for the seat and supports.

    2x4 clear cedar Get five 8-footers for the corner posts.

    1x6 clear cedar Get eleven 8-footers for the slats.

    1x1 clear cedar Get one 8-footer for the seat lip.

    1¼- and 2½-inch deck screws

    48-inch continuous brass hinge