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Project by Greatwhite144 posted 1159 days ago 2801 views 13 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found the plans for this project on The Family Handyman. It is all cedar except the 3/4” pressure treated plywood that holds the containers. The one on the left is an 18qt trash can and the one on the right is a dish pan. It is 47”w x 23 1/2”d x 63”h. I haven’t decided on a finish yet or if I will just leave it natural. Was leaning towards Teak Oil. I made the decorative covers to hide the screws on the front with my Milescraft router pantograph. They are the first things I have ever made with it. There is a bit of a learning curve to it. Guess practice makes perfect.

Jerry





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Vasko

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#1 posted 1159 days ago

I love your potting bench – you found a great design, and the leaves you added to it are a nice touch. If it were me, I’d use a spar finish on it. It would be a shame to let such a nich bench weather untreated.

-- - Cindy, texture freak -

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MayflowerDescendant

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#2 posted 1159 days ago

Nice potting bench! Unless you prefer the natural, weathered look, I would agree with Vasko – a nice finish would preserve the original state / charm. I’m a big fan of Spar Urethane (use it all the time). I just bought (but haven’t tried it yet) Defthane Polyurethane from Lee Valley. To quote the website description, “An extremely durable polyurethane finish with ultraviolet resistors developed for interior and exterior wood and metal applications. Suitable for hard-use areas, floors, furniture, doors and marine applications, it flows well and produces a tough finish that is highly resistant to alcohol, solvents and abrasion.”

May you enjoy many hours / days / years at that potting bench.

Thanks for sharing and happy gardening!

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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prap

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#3 posted 1158 days ago

Great potting bench, thats one of the best designs I’ve seen. You did a really nice job on it. Do you know what issue that was in, I would love to get the plans for it.
Thanks
Phil

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Greatwhite144

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#4 posted 1158 days ago

Here is the link to the issue. http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Indoor-Projects/Hallway/Benches/how-to-build-a-cedar-potting-bench
Thanks for the suggestion on what to finish it with. I will check it out. It was a fun project.

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wuzfuzde

24 posts in 1155 days


#5 posted 1148 days ago

very handy idea

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