Make the Angled Cuts to build a compost bench
Photo: Kolin Smith

Step 2: Make the Angled Cuts

The four blanks for the angled brackets are sized so that when you cut them diagonally you get two pieces from each blank. Clamp one corner of a blank to your work surface, and draw a diagonal line corner to corner. Set the circular-saw blade to a depth of 1 inches. Make the crosscut, as shown, to create two angled pieces. Repeat the process on the other three blanks.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • spring clamp
    • circular saw
      circular saw
    • bar clamp
      bar clamp
    • drill
    • 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