Potting Bench

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Project by rydonmf posted 06-11-2011 04:35 PM 2093 views 15 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The boardwalk by my shop was begging for a piece of outdoor furniture. With all the potting and re-potting and plant buying my wife was doing I figured a potting bench would get a lot of use. After a random Google, I found this on a gardening website (my apologies to the site, but I can’t remember the URL).
It has a removable panel with hardware cloth inside so you can remove soil from your plants like a sifter, I guess. Honestly, I’m not a gardener so I’m just guessing. It seems like a pretty useful feature though. I coated it with Thompson water seal. If anyone has suggestion for further protection I would be grateful.
I forgot to whine about all the extra work I had to do. My local home-store’s inventory was severely depleted when I arrived to select the cedar. I ended up having to sift through all the cast-offs that the contractors had already sorted through multiple times. There was not a board in the bunch even remotely close to straight. So I ended up doing a lot planing and a lot of jointing to fill up my dust collector twice. Fun! Anyway, this project took a longer than it should have. I know, “whaa.”
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 06-11-2011 04:42 PM

Very impressive! Looks like it will do the job nicely! I think the Thompson’s should protect it well, just remember to recoat on a regular basis depending on the weather in your area.

-- Tom in Spring Branch

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#2 posted 06-11-2011 05:24 PM

Nice job, should be very useful. Like Tom said be sure to re-coat at least once a year.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 06-11-2011 06:38 PM

Very nice, you have a really great bench there. It looks big, strong and well built.

Going with cedar will make you happy for years to come. These benchs get better with age, the personal touches and gardening materials that will occupy all those great storage spaces make potting benches treasure troves.

-- Anthony

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#4 posted 06-11-2011 06:47 PM


A splendid work

Be careful because you put in a seed in a pot and it grows a child !!!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#5 posted 06-12-2011 10:45 PM

Looks good.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#6 posted 06-12-2011 10:54 PM

really nice bench, was always on my list. thanks for the posting.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 06-13-2011 12:59 AM

Yeah, great work. A gardener would love this!

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#8 posted 06-13-2011 05:02 PM

Thanks everyone.

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#9 posted 06-23-2011 08:42 PM

The plans came from here because I’m make one also and posting it today.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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