Step 5: Attach the Seat and Backrest

Illustration and parts of this wooden porch storage bench
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Attach the stationary hinge strip between the back legs. Secure two battens across the underside of the seat boards to hold them together. Attach a piano hinge to the front edge of the hinge strip and the back edge of the seat. Screw the backrest boards to the angled front edge of the back legs, and attach a hook-and-eye latch to hold up the lid.
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    1. 1x6 cedar boards
    Get eight 8-foot boards and rip two and a half of them to a 1x5 size (actual size: 4½ inches). Get one 6-foot board.

    *This is a great project to make out of leftover deck boards as well. Just be sure to take into account teh additional thickness of the ½ lumber.

    2. 1x2 cedar boards
    Get two 6-foot boards to make the cleats.3. Hardware cloth

    4. 1¼-inch trim head stainless-steel deck screws

    5. ½-inch staples