Cedar Potting Bench

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Project by Tesla77 posted 08-06-2013 11:54 PM 5030 views 19 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Mom wanted a potting bench so I proposed this style. I think it looks just as good unpainted but she really liked the milk paint idea (Bayberry Green) I think it looks great either way. Finished with Spar Urethane for extra durability in the elements. Top painted with latex flat black. She will keep it on a covered porch so it’s sure to last a decade or two.

I went with cedar as redwood is not common in Kansas. Was a fun project that took quite a bit of time, but I learned a lot in the process. Some day I will design my own furniture and put what I have learned to good use. No fancy joinery here, just screws and nails here and there.

Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 08-07-2013 12:17 AM

That is an excellent potting bench. I think mom’s choice of finish works very nicely!

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#2 posted 08-07-2013 03:43 AM

that’s one great potting bench.

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#3 posted 08-07-2013 07:24 AM

I need that very thing right here at my residence, awesome build. I can agree with you, it would have been marvelous if finished with an oil finish, but hey, “Who can argue with Mom?”

Plus it looks good that way as well. Heck, it just looks nice all the way around!


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#4 posted 08-07-2013 08:26 AM

Great project and should serve you well for yrs to come!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 08-07-2013 09:00 AM

Now that’s one great looking potting to go with mom on this one the color makes it classy.

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#6 posted 08-07-2013 01:24 PM

Nice job. And now you’re going to put DIRT and WATER on the top???

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#7 posted 08-07-2013 06:48 PM

Good looking potting bench. I had one where I used to live. I moved and have not had one for 5 years now. It is amazing how useful those things are.

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#8 posted 08-07-2013 08:50 PM

Very nifty. I like it

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#9 posted 08-07-2013 10:30 PM

Very nice potting bench…well made and looks great.

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

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#10 posted 08-09-2013 04:59 PM

That’s a super potting bench! Looks really heavy duty and love the colors. Excellent work!

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