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Gardeners will dig this hardworking, yet handsome, potting bench.
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Before you start, know pressure-treated lumber has a higher moisture content than ordinary framing and trim lumber. As the lumber dries, it may twist or cup slightly, making project assembly difficult. To prevent problems, cut the parts and assemble the project as soon as possible after purchasing the lumber. This way the screws and glue and other parts of the assembly will help restrict any wood movement.
From 2"x4"s, cut the frame runners (A) and frame stretchers (B) to length (Top and Bottom Assembly drawings and Cutting List). Drill 3/16" countersunk holes through each runner 3/4" from each end.
From 1"×6"s, cut the front runners (F), stretchers (G), and rear runners (H) to length. For the mesh panel (I), cut a 27"×46-3/8" piece of 1/4"-mesh hardware cloth. From 2"×6"s, cut the back legs (J) and front legs (K) to length. From a 1"×4", cut the cap (L) to length.
From 1"×6"s, cut the front and back aprons (P) and the side aprons (Q) to length. From a 1"×4", cut the shelf front and back aprons (R) and shelf side apron (S) to length.
From 1"×6"s, cut the front slats (T), side slats (U), and bottom slats (V) to length. Using a portable circular saw and straightedge guide, cut the taper on the two bottom side slats (Bin drawing). From a 1"×4", cut the back slats (W) to length. Then from 2"×2"s, cut the front cleats (X), back horizontal cleats (Y), and back vertical cleats (Z) to length.
Attach a utility pull to the front of the bin (Bin drawing). To install the bin, tip the front up and "hook" the protruding back slats (W) behind the front apron (P). Rotate the bin level and slide it into the bench. To open the bin, tip it down so the beveled part of the bottom rests on the bottom assembly.