Step 10: Attach the Backrest Brackets

Attach the Backrest Brackets to build a compost bench
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Clamp the 1x6 footer for the backrest on edge to your work surface. Set three backrest brackets in place along the footer, as shown. Countersink two pilot holes through the underside face of the footer and into the end grain of each of the brackets. Then secure them with two 2½-inch deck screws apiece.
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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