How to Build a Potting Table How to Build a Potting Table

What You'll Need
One 1x4 foot sheet of plywood 1/2 -inch thick
Two 2x4 foot sheets of plywood 1/2 -inch thick
Two 4x4 inch posts 8 feet long
Eight 2x4 inch studs 8 feet long for making frames
One 4x8 foot section of lattice
About 14 3-1/2x5/16 inch bolts
About 24 2-1/2 inch screws
About 42 1-1/2 inch screws

When you build your own potting table, you can develop a big work area and a place for all of your gardening supplies and needs. By building it yourself, you can plan every space and cubbyhole that you feel are necessary to accommodate your transplanting and planting jobs.

Step 1. Framing the Potting Table

Make a 1x4 foot frame using the 2x4 studs, which will be the top shelf of the potting table. Make a 2x4 foot frame for the work surface. Each corner should have 2-1/2 inch screws.

Step 2. Top of Frame

Now attach a piece of plywood, the same size as the frame, to the top of the frame using 1-1/2 inch screws that are evenly spaced.

Step 3. Making Posts

Cut each of the two 4x4 posts into two sections, making one a three-foot section and the other one a five-foot section.

Step 4. Front Legs of Potting Table

Attach the 3-foot posts, which will be the table’s leg in the front, to the bottom inside corners, the front of one, and the other at the side of the potting table’s work surface.

Step 5. Upper Shelf

Making sure the shelf is longer than the work area, attach the upper shelf frame to the top of the 5-foot posts using bolts at the frame’s front and at the side.

Step 6. Attaching Frame to Posts

Attach the work area frame to the posts, making sure that the legs in the front are the same height.  This assembly will be the back of the potting table and the rear legs.

Step 7. Bottom Shelf Assembly

The bottom shelf and the frame should fit the inside measurements at the two points. The shelf should measure 1-1/2 feet by 4 feet. Attach the rear legs and the front legs with a bolt to this lower shelf.

Step 8. Attaching the Lattice

Cut the lattice to fit in the back of the potting table’s two posts. Screw it onto the posts.

Step 9. Finishing the Potting Table

Sand all of the surfaces of the potting table but not the lattice. Finish all of the surfaces with stain or use a sealing paint.

Be aware of some small details when you decide to stain or paint your potting table. To start with, your table will be used outdoors and, depending on the type of wood you used, painting it may be the best choice. Stain is good to use but fades quickly. Use about three coats of spar varnish for a durable finish. If you used a weather resistant wood, such as redwood, it does not need anything more than to let it weather naturally.

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