Secure the Seat Hinge to build a compost bench
Photo: Kolin Smith

Step 16: Attach the Armrests

Set the bench seat faceup on a 1x spacer that runs its full length. Set the open hinge against the seat's back edge, with the barrel facing forward, and mark the holes with a pencil. Remove the hinge and use a 1/16-inch bit to make pilot holes along the edge. Then use a screwdriver to secure the hinge to the seat with the included screws. Now set the seat in a raised position with the hinge leaf against the edge of the backrest footer. Make pilot holes and attach the hinge leaf.
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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