Great potting bench with picnic table!

sunnyca_gwAugust 8, 2011

Does anyone get "This Old House' magazine? July 2011 issue page 15 has such a neat & easy potting bench to do out of that old redwood picnic table & benches. Tarja Varis of Redwood city Ca. came up with it & I think it looks terrific. I have the magazine my friend loaned me but I don't know how to show it. Does anyone have it to show others that might have a picnic table sitting around collecting dust out back? The benches are stacked on top(of each other) on the table so that makes 2 shelves. She added end boards that look to be 1 in.thick by 10 or 12 in. wide by height of the table plus each of the 2 benches plus the 3 -2x4 by about 30-36 in. long stacked (stacked 3 high these are attached to bottom of table legs for stability & so bench is comfortable height to work from. She completed it by putting some pieces up & down on back that are 1 in. thick by 5 or 6 in width in 4- 5 places.Everything screwed in place! Looks very functional & hope someone has the magazine & can post the pic.!On the ends she added a couple of hooks for hanging things up, like small tools! Classy recycle job, that is for sure!! Jan

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rafor

I saw that bench and thought it was so innovative and imaginative. If I ever see a free table set on craigslist, I'm going to snatch it up and copy it.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2011 at 12:39PM
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oldcrafty(8)

That sounds really neat and it would be a great size. Would take up lots of space but sure would give a nice spacious work area.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2011 at 4:01PM
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joy333

is this it

Here is a link that might be useful: bench

    Bookmark   August 9, 2011 at 5:04PM
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rafor

Yep, that's it. Isn't it great? Thanks joy :)

    Bookmark   August 9, 2011 at 5:13PM
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lizzardly

That's really cool. One more thing to add to the list of things I tell people to call me if they see on the side of the road.

Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2011 at 8:24PM
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tasymo

I like that, ALOT!!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2011 at 8:57PM
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diggery(z8)

Omigoodness. Can ya'll believe I've been looking at the very setup in my dad's shed for 30+ years and never *SAW* it?! (I'm so ashamed...really, I don't deserve the title of GJ'er). I rescued it from the pile sis & bil had loaded for the dump last summer when we were cleaning out my parents' house to put on the market...along with some scrap lumber.

God bless yer lil pea-pickin heart, sunnyca. I could kiss you! You've just mapped out my weekend and given me a great way to remember my dad. We spent many, many happy hours in the garden diggin in the dirt & creating GJ together (much to my mom's horror, lol).

*sniff* THANK YOU!

blessings in abundance,

    Bookmark   August 9, 2011 at 9:42PM
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sunnyca_gw

Joy333 Thanks for finding it! Yes, that is the 1 & wish I had my old set back, but it was gift to DD after she married & it has been around all of his family so hard telling where it is now. Mine was the 1967 version which was very heavy so I imagine it is still going strong in someone's kitchen or back yard. She painted it white but I think it would look great any color. Diggery-so glad you can make use of 1 from your dad! You made my day! Actually my folks have 1 over at their house so I doubt anyone will want it after they are gone so I might end up with it then & that would be great memory of them. Dad was a great gardener, he could graft trees & get 5 kinds of apples,he's stick a rose branch in a bucket of water & soon was planting it.I'm tending his stuff now since he only sees it when we go to dr or looking out the window. Post a pic when you are finished. I think the star on the end is so neat but would be fun to see how others finish them off!! Great that all you need is paint, boards,drill & screws & some pots & finishing touches. Wonderful for those that can't build a box & have it end up square!!LOL Jan

    Bookmark   August 10, 2011 at 2:04AM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

So simple and seems so obvious once we are shown.
A picture is worth a thousand words truly.
TFS both of you!
Kathy

    Bookmark   August 10, 2011 at 8:58AM
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oldcrafty(8)

What a great idea. I was having trouble picturing it in my head....and as said...a picture IS worth a thousand words. Gotta put that one on my list too! Boy that list is getting pretty full!

    Bookmark   August 10, 2011 at 11:51AM
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diggery(z8)

Thank you, joy, for posting the link to the pic. (misplaced my manners in my excitement 'scuse me, please). Been studying that pic today. Dad's was 'dry-stacked' (no screws) & was up on concrete blocks to make it counter-height & comfortable to work on. He had two rubbermaid storage tubs tucked underneath which stored soil & fertilizer & hooks screwed on the underside of the upper bench to hang his hand tools. 'Course this set-up was inside his shed so the back wall provided support. Still smacking myself upside the head cuz I never really *saw* it, lol.

Jan, your dad sounds like mine. When sis & bil built their house, dad presented them with 3-gal size foundation shrubs rooted from cuttings...WHICH the nursery said couldn't be done, lol. Ohhhh, how I miss him.

I'll post pics when I'm done. Won't have to spend a cent for this project, hehe, but foresee a battle...er....'discussion' with hubs over the paint color. He likes the pic but I'm feelin frisky. Got the pale yellow paint on hand but also got some some [soft] turquoise. Do I dare?

bless ya's

    Bookmark   August 10, 2011 at 7:33PM
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jeannespines

Go for it, diggery! What great memories you'll have when you see your potting table sitting at your place!

Thanks, sunnyca...great project! & joy333 for posting link. Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2011 at 8:41PM
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sprout_wi(z4 WI)

Here's another similar one that I found online.

Here is a link that might be useful: Potting bench

    Bookmark   August 10, 2011 at 11:09PM
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sunnyca_gw

Sprout, that's a neat bench too but lot of work for some of us that can't get anything square(like me). Easier if it's already built, that's why I love this project. But I think that screen on the back of sprout's bench would be great across the back of the 2 seating benches as things couldn't fall off & you could put "S" hooks to hold tools & they would be easy to change & move around so that would be good to combine the 2 ideas! Thanks! Jan

    Bookmark   August 10, 2011 at 11:46PM
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