Overview

potting bench overview illustration
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Cut List

2x4 back legs: 2 @ 60 inches
2x4 front legs: 2 @ 33 inches
2x4 lower support blocks: 4 @ 6 inches
2x4 middle support blocks: 4 @ 23½ inches
2x4 upper support blocks: 2 @ 16 inches
2x4 bottom shelf sides: 2 @ 18½ inches
2x4 bottom shelf front and back: 2 @ 33 inches
2x2 work-surface cleats: 3 @ 17 inches
2x2 bottom shelf cleats: 3 @ 15½ inches
5/4x6 work-surface sides: 2 @ 20 inches
2x6 work-surface back: 1 @ 34 inches
2x4 work-surface front: 1 @ 34 inches
2x6 work surface boards: 3 @ 34 inches
2x6 bottom shelf boards: 3 @ 33 inches (rip 1½ inches from the width of one board)
2x4 filler strip: 1 @ 29 inches
2x6 top shelf (back): 1 @ 29 inches
5/4x6 top shelf: 1 @ 34 inches
5/4x6 top shelf (sides): 2 @ 5½ inches
5/4x4 top back board: 1 @ 36 inches
Wire mesh: 1 @ 22 by 34 inches

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    Pressure-treated 2x4s: Get eight 6-foot boards.

    Pressure-treated 2x6s: Get five 6-foot boards.

    Pressure-treated 2x2s: Get two 6-foot boards.

    5/4x6 deck boards: Get one 8-foot board.

    5/4x4 deck boards: Get one 8-foot board.Galvanized wire mesh: Get a piece at least 22 by 34 inches.

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