Assemble the Seat Slats to build a compost bench
Photo: Kolin Smith

Step 8: Assemble the Seat Slats

Lay the seat slats with -inch spacers between them, and clamp them together. Arrange the three battens, one in the center of the seat, the other two 12 inches to either side, and all three set back ¾ inch from the seat's front edge. Countersink pilot holes through the battens and into the slats and drive 1¼-inch deck screws into place.

TOH Tip: Cedar is rot resistant, but you can keep your bench looking its best longer by finishing it with transparent weather-proofing sealer.
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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