Assemble and Add the Top of the Bench
Now, move on to the bench top assembly that will incorporate a removable and hidden soil bin. To get started, attach 2" x 4"s between the front and back banding and secure with wood screws. At the back of the table, attach a 1" x 2" brace between the 2" x 4"s.
Attach a brace to support the bin across the front, then test fit of bin.
Install 1" x 2" braces around the interior of banding (Image 1), then create removable bin top. Lay out three slats and place 1/4" spacers between. Attach cleats (Image 2), while making sure everything remains square. Flip top over and remove spacers.
Cut several slats from the 1" x 6" cedar boards. Making sure top is aligned directly over the bin, begin attaching the slats. Work from center toward one end and use spacers to keep everything aligned (Image 3). When the end is reached, measure for width of last board, rip on table saw and drop in place.