My main goals when building this potting bench were to re-use materials wherever possible, and to keep the costs to an absolute minimum.
After building a lumber box to tame and sort the timber I had, I was able to determine that I did not have sufficient timber to build a potting bench to the design I had chosen, however the top of an old table which a friend had given me was disintegrating and so was in need of replacement, making it a perfect if somewhat quirky candidate for the base of the potting bench.
As the project evolved, I experimented with different ideas to complement the odd combination of materials. I finished it off with a few playful touches such as a window and planter box, and incorporated a portable sink (which was the only item I purchased for this project).
summary of materials used:
- Old table (table top was removed as it was disintegrating) – free, given from friend.
- Hardwood tongue & groove floor boards – free.
- Hardwood decking off-cuts – free.
- Treated pine posts – free.
- Treated pine slats – free.
- Old sash window frame – free, from demolition site.
- Oven racks – free, found in council clean-up.
- Utility hook – leftover from previous project.
- Hose reel – free, re-used.
- Towel/utensil rail – free, re-used.
- Hughie Sink (portable plastic sink) – $24.95