Potting Bench

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Project by runngt posted 09-21-2009 07:46 PM 2518 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some use for old wood.

We are re-doing our back deck and I have piles of old 2×6pt wood that had seen better days, so the gears started turning.

My wife has gotten into potting some plants around the house and needed a place to store materials and a place to work in lieu of on the ground or putting potting dirt all over my shop work bench : ).

I took the “best” of the boards and ran them through the planner until I had a nice surface at 1 1/4”, then ran one side through the jointer to get a square edge. The other side was cut at the table saw. This 20 year old pine was hard as heck on the planner blades, I don’t know if this is normal for pine to harden over time or what.

I was unsure how to attach the boards edge to edge. So this being a project for the wife and her wanting it soon, I needed a new tool. I talked her into letting me purchase the Kreg pocket hole master system as it was “required” for the project. Lucky for me it was on sale that week at the local Woodcraft store :).

The pocket hole system worked very well and I am real happy with the results, plus it getting a new tool is always a plus! On the sides and the top I did not like seeing the ends of the boards so I cut some 1/8” strips, soaked them in the pool until they were bendable and stapled them off to finish the ends. I still need to make a front door for it, but it’s 90% complete.

Other than the mental image I had in my head of what I wanted, this was just put together as I went along. I still have about another 100 2×6 boards to do something with…..not sure where they will wind up, but I am sure they will be put to good use.


-- It seem's I just make scrap wood and saw dust most of the time !

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#1 posted 09-21-2009 08:38 PM

Very very nice. I’ll bet your wife loves it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 09-21-2009 08:38 PM

Potting benches are normally so plain…they serve their purpose, but are nothing much to look at. I really like the fact that yours is very different….it has style! You put that old wood to good use! Your wife must love it : )

I know what you mean about the pine getting hard! My BF and I are working on a display cabinet job for one of his clients out of pine. I thought it was a relatively softer wood, because I’ve hand carved it befor and found it to be pretty easy to work…but some of the pine actually stopped the blade on his table saw it was so hard!! Go figure!

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#3 posted 09-21-2009 09:52 PM

Well i was going to show my potting bench that i made for my wife but i wont bother now thats to good for just a potting bench

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#4 posted 09-22-2009 01:58 AM

Nice design. Well done.

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#5 posted 09-22-2009 02:49 AM

Thanks guys, she was very excited to finally get a place to store her potting materials, plus the wing tables will give her a place for the newly potted plant to take root. I did put a stain on it and will have to get a pic finished, but will have to wait as the skys over humble are wet right now….

-- It seem's I just make scrap wood and saw dust most of the time !

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#6 posted 09-22-2009 03:19 AM

That’s one fancy potty bench. Very nice.

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#8 posted 09-24-2009 02:33 AM

Nice use of the wood, I might have to make her something else and put this next to the grill. : )

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#9 posted 01-03-2010 03:35 PM

Very cool piece and idea!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 05-10-2010 09:39 PM

I’ve been working on trying to come up with a design for one of these for LOML for a while. This might give me just enough ammo to get her to let me rip out the old deck and make her a potting bench…

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#11 posted 10-20-2010 01:26 PM

Wow, I must have been asleep when this was posted. That is an outstanding project. I agree with Kolwdwrkrsgirl’s comment. That would make a good project for woodworking guilds to teach joinery technique. I am putting this one in my favorites. Great post.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#12 posted 11-13-2011 05:26 AM

nice job I do love that master jig too it makes for quick projects otherwise brisket or dowels would have been the way to go

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#13 posted 11-13-2011 05:46 AM


I thought it was a potting table but with the talk of brisket, and with runngt being in Texas maybe it’s a work station for the cooking area…


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#14 posted 03-26-2012 03:27 PM

Beautiful work, this would be an ideal project to submit to GardenTenders our sister site.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#15 posted 09-23-2012 02:50 PM

Very, very nice!!

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