Raised Garden Bed/Potting Bench

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Project by Devin posted 10-06-2008 06:44 AM 9565 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a combination raised garden bed and potting bench. The planter portion of the piece is removable so that it can be replaced easily when it starts to rot and fall apart. The entire thing is 4 feet by 2 feet and about 30 inches tall (built to my girlfriends specifications).
Made out of cheap fencing/decking cedar stock from Home Depot…in other words, soaking wet wood that I stickered and let dry for about 3 months. Machined it all until it was straight and then used plugged screws, glue and traditional joinery to assemble it all.
I had toyed with the idea of finishing it (I love the look of fresh cedar) but that means I’d have to refinish it every year or two…so I think it’s going to just age naturally.

Thanks for looking,

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#1 posted 10-06-2008 11:17 AM

the wood is beautiful!!! Great idea to have the planter removable. this looks very functional AND a beautiful addition to the yard!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 10-06-2008 01:52 PM

I love looking at out door projects, this looks great. I also like the idea and look of finished cedar but I thought if you used an oil based finish you could let it age and only re-treat it if you decided to, unlike some finishes that sit on top of the wood.

I wish I could get cedar up here in North East PA, great stuff to work with.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#3 posted 10-06-2008 02:29 PM

Very nice! I have a worn-out old potting bench, and this would be a great replacement for it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-12-2009 09:34 PM

Hey Devin, What did you line the bottom of the bed with? My wifes been wanting me to build her one of these for a while and I was just going to line it with some 8 mil Plastic. Not really sure how long that would last though. Nice looking Bench/Table/Planter/etc.etc.etc.


-- John

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#5 posted 07-13-2009 02:58 AM

Great potting bench it looks great

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#6 posted 07-13-2009 05:50 AM

Hey John, I actually didn’t line the bottom with anything. I made the entire planter removable, so that when it degrades too much I can just replace it. Looking around at plain cedar flower boxes I learned that they tend to last at least 5 years. I’m not sure how much extra time I would get by lining it.
That being said, I did try to find a plastic insert about this size to build it around to begin with. I think that would be ideal, essentially a large plastic box that fit inside the planter, drill a few holes for drainage, I bet it would last for ever.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#7 posted 07-13-2009 06:04 AM

That’s a pretty good idea. I just may build one for my wife before she even knows it.



-- John

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