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Project by cassiet717 posted 08-12-2013 07:00 AM 1251 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One afternoon and $0 spent!
I had wanted a potting table for my front porch, and finally got it done one afternoon while my son was napping. I wanted a table that was mostly functional but pretty enough to be front and center.
My table is a combination of Ana White's Simple Potting Bench and one I found on 2 Crafty 4 My Skirt. I combined and modified the plans so that I could use scraps from shutters I had just made (it could easily be built with pallet wood, too), so my dimensions are a little weird, I know. My table is 39 1/2” from bottom to top (the top shelf sits at 36”) x 44” wide. It’s on the tall side, but it works well for our space.

-- CassieT





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hotbyte

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#1 posted 08-12-2013 02:15 PM

Nice. Old window sash is nice touch. Really need to make my wife one. Do you bench top or a bin to mix soil in? Or, just use from bag as is?

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cassiet717

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#2 posted 08-12-2013 02:31 PM

I usually just mix bag soil with topsoil. I don’t know if that’s good advice though, I don’t pretend have a green thumb!

-- CassieT

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#3 posted 08-12-2013 02:50 PM

Thanks, but my question was meant to be more about where on the bench you mix the soil. Some potting benches I’ve looked at have a sink like bin in them for mixing soil and I’ve seen some where people just mix on the bench top using the rear/side boards to keep soil from failing off bench. Others, use a large plastic/metal container on top of bench. Sorry for the confusion :(

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cassiet717

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#4 posted 08-12-2013 03:19 PM

Haha, sorry about that. I have a large old pot that’s not pictured that I use to mix my soil in on the top shelf. I wouldn’t have a problem mixing it on the top shelf though – like you said, the sides keep it from falling off, and the whole bench is coated in poly, so it’s easy to wipe down or rinse off.
I’ve seen the sink plans too, they’re really neat. I was actually holding out for an old sink, that’s partly what took me so long to make this. Eventually I just got the itch to build something and decided to forget it!

-- CassieT

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#5 posted 08-12-2013 05:33 PM

Very clever and attractive bench. For the dirt falling through issue: I opted to leave a 1/4” or a bit less space between each bench top board. The dirt tub sits below and when done potting we can just sweep the dirt past the cracks and it falls back into the tuband we snap the cover on the tub. I was going to do the lift off lid and wire mesh things, but so many times wood warps outside around here, even with stain or paint and I didn’t want a poorly fitting lid.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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