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Potting Bench

Tired of mess and an aching back? Builders have everything you need to make this special potting bench, allowing you to plant up your pots and seedlings in organised comfort this season.

Potting Bench

What you Need
• 6 CCA-treated timber roof trusses (3000 x 152 x 38 mm)
• 1 CCA-treated timber roof truss (3000 x 76 x 38 mm)
• 1 CCA-treated timber roof truss (4200 x 76 x 50 mm)
• 100 coach screws (8 x 75 mm)
• 100 flat washers (8 mm)
• 3 Hamilton Paint Mate paint trays (5 l)
• 1 bag of compost
• 1 large bag of bonemeal
• 1 bag of vermiculite

Cutting List (for the CCA-treated timber trusses)
• Box frame (152 x 38 mm): 2 x 1550 mm lengths and 2 x 715 mm lengths
• Table top surface (152 x 38 mm): 2 x 1430 mm lengths, 2 x 465 mm lengths and 1 x 465 mm length (centre strut)
• Tapered fingers (76 x 38 mm): 5 x 420 mm lengths
• Top shelf (152 x 38 mm): 1 x 1030 mm length
• Back board (152 x 38 mm): 1 x 1550 mm length
• Legs (76 x 50 mm): 2 x 615 mm lengths (for cross-braces), 4 x 850 mm lengths
• Bottom shelf (152 x 38 mm): 3 x 1420 mm lengths
• Paint mate stopper (76 x 38 mm): 3 x 100 mm lengths

What to Do

Step 1: Cut the timber as per the cutting list above, using a skill saw.

Step 2: Assemble the box frame and fasten, using the coach screws. Ensure that a 6 mm pilot hole is drilled first.

Potting Bench

Step 3: At one end of the box frame, fasten in the two 1430 mm table-top planks, flush with the top of the frame.

Potting Bench

Step 4: To cut the tapered fingers, mark out the corner section to be cut off – 15 mm step from the one end and 150 mm step from the opposite end. Trim off the tapered edge using a skill saw.

Potting Bench

Step 5: At the right end of the back board, evenly space four of the tapered fingers to allow the three painter troughs to fit in-between. The fifth finger must be positioned at the left end of the back board.

Potting Bench

Step 6: Drill and fasten the fingers to the back board.

Potting Bench

Step 7: Place the back board and finger assembly on top of the box frame and fasten, using the coach scews.

Potting Bench

Step 8: Flip the box frame over and fasten the two 465 mm box frame top panels from the underside to the tapered fingers.

Potting Bench

Step 9: Mount the centre strut to fill in the spacing required.

Potting Bench

Step 10: Fasten the paint mate container stoppers.

Step 11: Mount the top shelf on top of the tapered fingers.

Step 12 Assemble the legs and crossbraces and fasten to the table box frame.

Step 13: Position the bottom shelf planks, drill and fasten.

Step 14: Place the Hamilton Painter’s trays in-between the tapered fingers ensuring the bottom rests on the stoppers.

Step 15: Seal the potting bench using Woodoc 50 wood sealer.

Step 16: Fill the trays with compost, vermiculite and bonemeal or fertiliser of your choice.