Step 4: Assemble the Front Panel

Assemble the Front Panel to build a compost bench
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Lay the front corner posts on your work surface with the edge-to-face seam facing out, and place three base slats between them. Use a hunk of 1x scrap to set the top slat ¾ inch down from the post tops, leaving room for the cap piece in Step 9. Then use -inch spacers to set the distance between the slats. Countersink two pilot holes through the slats and into the posts, at least ½ inch from the ends of the slats. Secure the slats with 1¼-inch deck screws.
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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