After my Deck Demo project I was left with a pile of wood that inspired me to build something…what better than a potting bench? I built the potting bench in 4 stages:
- Base Structure and Roof
- “Hidden” Sink
- Cable Shelf
- Ready to Stain!
Part 1: Base Structure and Roof
I started without a plan, which is unusual for me, but is in keeping with the rest of my life right now, things are very “of the moment”.
I gathered the better looking pieces of wood and then I just started building. I built the base and put an exiting piece of lattice on the back. Then I built a roof, of sorts, I would do this differently in the future, but it works. The issue then was how to put to roof up. (Most people with a plan, actually build the roof framing and then roof the structure after the frame is attached to the structure.) No worries though, I just removed the lattice, built a frame and tossed the roof on top.
Apologies to my Brother-in-law, I had to deconstruct part of an older garden bed he built me to get the longer pieces to build the framing for the roof. But, I planned to deconstruct the bed anyway, there is a “new vision” for that part of the yard.
Part 2: Sink Installation
After building the base structure I then decided I needed a sink. (Again, with an actual plan a place for the sink would have been framed into the base). I found the sink at one of my favorite salvage places here in Portland, The ReBuilding Center, this place is amazing, I donate to and shop here frequently. While wandering around I found some cool hinges, so why not make the sink a undermount and add a hatch? The purpose of the sink is for soil, I’ll put potting soil in the left and pot over the right, the right will empty into a container underneath. Brillant!
Part 3: Cable Shelf
I then rooted around my garage and found some old dog lead, steel cable, that I wasn’t using. Why not build a suspended shelf? Potting benches need shelves right? I had to buy a few part from the hardware store, cable tie-off and tensioner, but all in all it was less than $5.
Part 4: Ready to Stain!
And there you have it! My almost 100% repurposed potting bench. Next I will clean it up a bit and stain it to match the fence on the left in the picture below. The only “new” bits were the cable tie-offs and tensioners. All in, including the used sink and brackets, the bench costs me ~$17! And it was fun to just start building…to organically see what would take shape. I was never frustrated by the process, it was fine to build, take apart, and start over.