Step 2: Make the Bottom Shelf

an illustration focusing on the bottom shelf as well as cleats and framing for a potting bench
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Screw the shelf's frame together. Secure cleats to the sides and across the middle of the frame, flush with the bottom edges, as in Step 1. Secure the shelf boards to the cleats.
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