|Project by NH_Hermit||posted 06-25-2012 09:26 PM||3402 views||11 times favorited||11 comments|
I finally completed the wife’s potting bench after two months of intermittent shop time and the purchase of (and practicing with) a new table saw. I used Woodcraft’s plan # 36 that Veronika found when she accompanied me to one of their retail stores. I found the plan to be very sketchy in terms of instructions, so had to rely on the diagram, cut list, and my own imagination as to how it was supposed to look. I did make a few design changes, like adding crest rail to the middle shelf as well as the top shelf, so items would not fall over the back edge. The top and middle shelf supports are identical, as opposed to a simpler design for the middle shelf support the plan called for. I also added trim around the bin holder to make cleanup of dirt easier.
Common red oak was used, gluing and screwing each joint, and finished with teak oil. I also applied several coats of paste wax to the panel tops. Now it gets to sit in the garden shed for the remainder of its foreseeable life, and knowing my wife’s love of gardening, it will be well used – but then that’s the whole purpose in building the thing. And again as with all my projects, many more lessons learned and my novice hobbyist’s skills slowly added to.
-- John from Hampstead