Step 5: Attach the Batten

Attach the Batten to build a compost bench
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Set a batten across the center of the slats. Countersink three pilot holes in a triangular pattern, through the batten into each slat. Secure the batten to the slat with 1¼-inch deck screws. Build the back panel the same way, including the ¾-inch space for the cap.
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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