Gardening / Potting Bench from Reclaimed Lumber

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Project by Brian Talbert posted 07-02-2018 01:05 PM 848 views 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve got a collection of old fence boards from a long neglected, poorly constructed fence … as it falls over or the nails can just no longer hold in the rotted ends I remove the boards and stack them in a pile to rot a bit more.

Finally decided I should do something with them and I’d been wanting to make a potting bench for a while.

I started with scraping the boards clean of the lichen and moss, then cut the rotten ends off and milled. All of the boards were dimensional 2×6. I re-sawed and planed to 1/2” for the table top, 1” for the bottom shelf. The main structural components (leg and the frame for the table top) are new 2×4s.

The back boards are beveled to create a french cleat, nifty for tool holder (or chicken holder as the case may be).

I made a portion of table top to lift out for each access to a tub of potting mix that I would place on the bottom shelf. I ended up deciding it would be a hassle to reach through to lift the top of the top off, so instead created this slider out of corroplast … that way i could dispense of the lid and the corroplast slide would then keep the rain and water out of the soil.

All finished with Spar Urethane.

The crates you see in the picture are intended to be general purpose totes but I sized them fit a beehive frame so I could also use them to cart around my hive tools and serve as a frame holder during inspections.


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#1 posted 07-02-2018 08:13 PM

Great looking bench and an excellent use for reclaimed wood. Good job.

-- MEL, Kansas

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