Are you wanting to make a DIY potting table? I'm here to show you how to do it on the cheap by using reclaimed wood, bits and pieces. I actually made this for my daughter Jamie.
Handy DIY Potting Table Directions
Here are the bits and pieces I used to put this diy potting table together. All of this stuff was in their garage, including a former privacy fence gate, a shutter, some former display racks and random 2x4’s and 4x4’s.
In addition, there were 3 long sections of short privacy fence, that been cut off for a dog pen.
This is the dismantling process. I ended up using two full sections of the short fencing. The coke can is there for depositing loose nails.
There were a couple of choices for the location of the potting bench, up against the house, or maybe on the deck. However as we started putting it together, Jamie pointed out this concrete pad that sits between the overhead door of her garage and a set of large swinging doors. You can see how perfectly it fits there.
Protect DIY Potting Table with Thompson's Water Seal
While I got busy sawing and building, Jamie started staining (sealing) with Thompson’s Water Seal.
We both were surprised how much we loved the color—Desert Brown.
Building the Potting Table
I did a dry fit for the front of the potting table, using 2x4’s and 4x4’s.
Of course, I joined all the pieces with pocket holes I made with my Kreg Jig.
I had to use 2x4’s for the back legs because I didn’t have enough 4x4’s. This assortment of Kreg Jig Screws is really handy, especially when doing jobs away from home.
Voila! The table base is complete!
Installing the Extras!
Included in the mix of available items were these wooden display shelving pieces. I laid the tape measure on it so you can get a feel for the size, because I didn’t want you to confuse them with pallets.
My phone died, and I’m thinking that’s why there are no pictures of these steps. I used two of the display pieces and some of the cross boards from the short privacy fence sections to complete the shelves. The shelves are attached with pocket holes. The bottom shelves are made from the short privacy fence boards that are more narrow and thinner than regular dog eared fence boards.
This view is looking at the table from the back.
This is building one of the doors. I used my nail gun and Gorilla wood glue. The doors are different sizes. One is 6 boards wide, while the other is 5 boards wide. Because I built this potting bench for Jamie at her house, my tool selection was limited. It’s tough working without a table saw, everything had to be divisible by 4”.
While I was busy building doors and such, Jamie was working hard staining the entire piece.
We were losing daylight as a long 11 hour day comes to an end. Jamie continued to stain the doors, the side pieces and the top slotted tray piece.
You can see it was getting quite dark as we got to this point.
Day 2! Tasks include attaching side boards, doors, hardware, and a shelf. Of course, you could stop here and add a simple table top surface, without enclosing it.
Doing it Yourself Customization
I have attached the sides, as Andy shows up to see how things are going, and offers a brilliant suggestion. Can you see that he is holding a slotted shelf in place? We had planned to rest it on the top in order to allow for potting soil to fall through to a container for reusing. Andy suggested installing it from beneath so that it would be part of the structure.
Here is the slatted piece in place held with pocket hole screws. You can see the container that will catch the potting soil (it currently has a lid on it)
Install The Doors & Lids
It was great having some extra hands while installing the doors.
I haven’t really said much about these little lids/trays. The area on the left is where Jamie will scoop her potting soil. The lids simply lift off, but give extra work space if needed. You can see both doors are on, and latched with a simple hook.
Last but not least, is a simple upper shelf. This step almost didn’t happen because we couldn’t find an extra board. I dug deep into the garage and found one deck board that wasn’t being used. It was long enough for a shelf, with 3 brackets.
Organizing the DIY Potting Table
The large tote on the shelf holds potting soil.
Jamie loves it, and so do I! We haven’t done a DIY project for awhile, and it was great hanging out with her and accomplishing something so useful and practical. The only cost of this piece was the hardware. Had we done this at my house, we wouldn’t even have had to buy that.
This was a great weekend project and Jamie got busy transplanting this geranium. Some neighbors walked by while we were doing that, and they were admiring the new DIY potting table. . Jamie was happy to show it off. Didn’t she have a great design plan?
Do you have a potting table? I wish I had a place to have one.
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.