Step 1: Make the Work Surface

an illustration focusing on the work space as well as cleats and framing for a potting bench
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Use a jigsaw to cut the curved profiles on the side pieces. Screw the frame together with the bottom edges flush. Secure cleats along the sides of the frame and another spanning the middle of the frame, all flush with the bottom edges. Secure the shelf boards to the cleats.
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    Tools List

    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • staple gun
      Staple gun

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