Potting Bench for my Wife

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Project by Manitario posted 07-28-2013 05:50 PM 1606 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t done much woodworking this summer, it’s hard to be in the shop when the weather is nice outside. Put together this potting bench a couple of weeks ago for my wife’s birthday. Overall a fairly simple project, I didn’t feel the need to mortise and tenon all the joints! The bench is cedar with purpleheart and cherry inlay, finished with several coats of Helmsman poly.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Don W

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#1 posted 07-28-2013 08:29 PM

oh, that’s very nice indeed!

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#2 posted 07-28-2013 10:54 PM

Very nice potting bench, you did a great job and I am sure your wife will get a lot of use and enjoyment out of it… great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 07-28-2013 11:15 PM

Thanks guys!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 07-29-2013 02:31 PM

Great job, I’ll bet she loves it. The decorative inlay detail make t something special and personal.

That is something my wife could use, if we could find a place for it. The inlay part is also something my wife would enjoy. It strikes me that a fold up version could be designed. She has an outdoor table in the shed, but it is not usable during the winter. She maintains many orchids and other plants in the house throughout the year. Might have to figure out something for our heated storage space adjoining the garage.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 07-29-2013 04:10 PM

Jim, heated storage space is definitely a plus! We are fortunate to have a big sunroom that we keep heated year round, so that is where the bench will stay for now. Interestingly though I do most of the interior “gardening” and my wife does all the outside stuff so I may get more use out of the bench in the winter than she does.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#6 posted 07-29-2013 04:40 PM

Thats the nicest potting bench I’ve ever seen! Way to go man, I bet she loves it.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 07-30-2013 03:36 AM

That is one great bench. Functional & beautiful. That’s the combination I’m always striving for.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#8 posted 07-30-2013 03:16 PM

Great PB. This is actually on my bucket list. I really like the slatted back, it saves on material and allows for light to pass through without having things fall off the back side. Great job and awesome finish. That should hold up very nice for many future plantings to come.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#9 posted 07-30-2013 04:41 PM

Very nice. I need one of these for my patio.

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#10 posted 07-31-2013 04:16 PM

That’s a very beautiful potting bench. Great design, pretty wood and inlays and stunning finish. I’m sure wife loves it. Great job!

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#11 posted 08-02-2013 04:10 AM

Nice bench and what a wonderful place to spend in the winter .

-- Kiefer

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