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Jan 13, 2017

One day I was visiting a neighbor who was rebuilding steps up to his deck. The wood he was replacing was stacked in a pile and he asked me if I wanted it or else he was going to throw it out. Of course I said yes.

SWMBO was hinting about getting a potting bench and I thought these 2 X 10’s would supply most of the wood I needed to build one.

I started with designing the potting bench in Sketch Up and started building the frame.

Most of the basic frame used the recycled 2 X 10’s that were ripped to 3-1/2” wide.

The top and lower corners utilized modified half-lap joints. Screws were used to assemble the potting bench.

Since this potting bench was going to live outside, plastic feed were added to the feet. On the lower inside corners dead wood was added to attach the lower shelf slats.

After building the frame the front face was added.

The top made up of THREE of the 2 X 10 X 54 inches long was then screwed to the frame and leveled with a router.

The upright back supports were added to the back corners and then the side and back aprons were attached. The aprons were added to serve as a backstop against which one could use to move potting material into pots.

Slats for the lower shelf was then installed

Then the left and right drawers were made to store tools or supplies..

The center drawer is a sifting drawer that uses a removable expanded metal bottom. This drawer can be used when repotting plants. A wheel barrow could be place under the drawer to catch displaced dirt.

Each drawer uses turn buttons mounded on the bottom back of the face frame drawer openings to prevent drawers from being accidentally pulled completely out. They are positioned vertically to stop the drawer and horizontally to allow drawer to be removed.

Bins for supplies used in potting plants were placed between the back vertical uprights.

Hooks were added to the vertical supports to hang stuff.

Paving blocks were place under one end of the potting bench to level it under our deck.

To protect the potting bench from the weather, a removable roof was made with two sheets of 12 foot metal corrugated attached to a frame that is hung with chains from the floor joists of the deck. When cleaning is needed, the chains can be removed and the frame can be lowered and cleaned and then replaced.

I hope this will give you some ideas for building your wife a potting bench.

Thanks for looking. Comments and favorites appreciated.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#1 posted 01-14-2017 04:24 AM

Nice I like it

-- "Never Quit, Never Surrender" Feldjager

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 01-14-2017 06:55 AM

Very COOL!!

May I suggest, although it looks too late now….

Have the right drawer removed and have a coverable hole in the top in that space… where the soils, etc. can be brushed into a bucket which is on the lower shelf under the hole…. Have the hole able to be covered for the primary work… when done, removed to make cleanup easier…

Looks like a super COOL potting bench!!

Nice job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 01-14-2017 11:12 AM

nice work as always, Alex

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 01-14-2017 01:15 PM

Perfects reuse! It realy turned out great, I had no doubt about that. Drawers look very nice.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 01-14-2017 01:22 PM

I admire well designed workbenches for all purposes. A hangover from my days of designing manufacturing workstations.

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#6 posted 01-14-2017 01:30 PM

I welcome any woodworker that uses SketchUp. You get 1,000 brownie points for being up with the times. Regardless of how the item reproduces, you’ll always find a better alternative with a tweak of the drawing (the alternatives finish up limitless) regardless of any +/- feedback.

Well done, from a SU bigot.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 01-14-2017 02:46 PM

recycling ,upcycling, useful and a very good looking project is realy too much in one project
but you managed it :)
well done alex


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#8 posted 01-14-2017 03:24 PM

Wow! I really do like this project. It’s so creative and is a very nice design. It also looks like a project that would be a lot of fun and satisfaction to build. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 01-14-2017 03:30 PM

Very nice !

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#10 posted 01-14-2017 04:34 PM

Wow, what a great design and build project. Nicely done!! Happy wife!!

-- 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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#11 posted 01-14-2017 05:38 PM

Thanks to everyone for the comments.

Joe – Originally I was going to put a hole in the top of the bench but decided to make the sifting drawer instead. I was afraid that water would collect in the drawer below if it got rained on directly.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#12 posted 01-14-2017 08:20 PM

Great re-use of wood and such a practical end product. I am sure you made SWMBO very happy and now the potted plants will remind you of this project every time you look at them.

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#13 posted 01-14-2017 10:19 PM

Nice work!

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Mainiac Matt

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#14 posted 01-15-2017 01:09 AM

I’ll bet she loves it.

The design is very well thought out. I especially like the corrugated metal roof panel. You could even work out there in the rain.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#15 posted 01-15-2017 02:00 AM

I love the quality of your planning and work. Super job.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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