Step 4: Insert the Top Shelf

an illustration focusing on the top shelf and cleats and supports for a potting bench
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Cut the curved profiles on the shelf's sides. Screw the sides to the shelf. Size the back of the shelf so that it fits snugly between the legs and secure it. Rest the shelf on the upper support blocks.
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