Step 12: Install the Slats

Install the Slats to build a compost bench
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Set the slats for the backrest on the horizontal supports. Use spacers to set the pieces ½ inch apart and ¼ inch from the ends. Countersink pilot holes from the back of the assembly into the slats, and secure them 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