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This is an instructable for how to build a simple compost screen out of redwood and hardware cloth that can be used to sift foreign objects out of your compost or potting soil. It takes about 15 minutes to assemble and can weather the elements outside.

Step 1: Materials

The compost screen is built from:

  • 2"x2" redwood stock (I prefer to build with cedar for outdoor applications since it is more abundant than redwood, but not all places carry it in California)
  • hardware cloth (This is like chicken wire. You can get it in 1/4" or 1/2" mesh. I used the 1/2" mesh so it will sift quicker)
  • staples
  • screws

You will also need the following tools:

  • chop saw (I used a chop saw to cut my frame but you can also use a hand saw with a miter box)
  • drill with bit and driver
  • hammer
  • tape measure

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