Cedar Potting Bench

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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 357 days ago

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

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#2 posted 357 days ago

that’s one great potting bench.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 357 days ago

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!


-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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#4 posted 357 days ago

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 357 days ago

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

-- Billp

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#6 posted 356 days ago

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

-- DonB

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#7 posted 356 days ago

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 356 days ago

Very nifty. I like it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#9 posted 356 days ago

Very nice potting bench…well made and looks great.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#10 posted 354 days ago

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

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