Step 13: Put Together the Seat Lid: Attach the First Seat Board to the Cleats.

Attach the first seat board to the cleats

This part is a bit tricky. Too hard for a little kid to tackle, but still easier than an Ikea closet.

Take one of the 14-cm wide seat boards and lay it on a flat surface. Measure and draw a line parallel to the edge 5 centimeters from the edge. This is your guide for where the cleats are going to start.

Take your cleats and lay them on a flat surface, their top edges all lined up. I used the table edge to line them up. Lay your board on top of the cleats. The line you drew will line up with the top edges of the cleats. Be patient. This is a little bit tricky.

Take a ruler and draw a line on the board to use as a guide for where to put your screw marks. Estimate the center of the cleat and make a line up the board for each cleat. Now you can use your screw template to mark where the screw should sit.

Drill and screw in one screw for each cleat on this first board. Now the hard part is over.
<p>When building any type of furniture that allows maximizing your self storage space, you need to plan for it, making drafts of drawing of the furniture you are going to do a DIY. This garden storage bench takes into account maximizing storage space.</p>
<p>Great job, i am doing one based on this. Does it fully open? It seems the way the latches are positioned the seat lid will be stopped by the sides... </p>
<p>Thanks for a great Instructable. We made this, but a a bit longer so we added supports in the middle. We also added a 'beer lid' in the middle for a cool box. We used wood from an old shelving unit. The wooden bits we did buy cost us &pound;30. Hinges costed a bit more. Many thanks!</p>
<p>Vielen Dank f&uuml;r die Bauanleitung! Habe die kleine Bank mit einigen Modifikationen f&uuml;r den heimischen Balkon realisiert.</p>
Hi. Great design which I'm going to follow. One question though. Do you not require support in the middle of the seat to stop the seat from bending with heavier people? Thank you!
<p>Lovely! SO simple and useful at the same time. Are they storage benches as well? It would be awesome to be able to keep garden tools under the seats!</p>
Great design and write up! <br> <br>But please, USE EYE PROTECTION! (at least one of you wasn't, shame!)
You are right, Safety Nick. <br> <br>We only made two cuts, but still... no excuse.
<p>awesome build! <br><br><br><br>p.s. don't forget hearing protection, circular saw make more than enough noise to do (irreversible) damage in the long run.</p>
Excellent work and very thorough, easy to follow 'ible; favorited... <br> <br>&quot;When I sat down to design this bench&quot;; oh, I get it: &quot;sat down&quot;, bench seat, ha ha...

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