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Under-cover potter

Get a bit of overhead protection from the sun and rain with this nifty covered potting bench made from upcycled doors and reclaimed timber.

Covered potting bench

To get the look:  Mark painted the background wall with Resene AquaShield tinted to Resene Pipi.

As seen in kiwigardener

You will need

Timber

Resene products

Tools and Equipment

Handy hint:  To prevent the bottom of the doors from rotting, avoid placing your potting shed directly onto bare soil. Place it on a concrete pad or build a slightly raised base or floor for it to stand on.

Site is important:  Place your potting shed accordingly to get maximum overhead protection from the sun and prevailing rain. Attach securely to a fence (or at the base) to prevent any potential damage from strong winds.

How to build an under cover potting bench

Prepwork:  Doors should be thoroughly clean and free of any handles and hinges and should be lightly sanded to ‘key’ the surface before painting.

Note:  If using rough-sawn fence palings, the width will equal 155mm (rather than 150mm) and the roof measurement in step two will be 980mm (not 950mm).

 

Step 1Step one
Attach the three doors together, as shown, to form the back and side walls of the potting bench. Fix at the corners with 90mm screws (drilling pilot holes first) and use the set square to ensure they are at right angles.


Step 2Step two
Measure, mark and cut the 150mm x 50mm timber into one length measuring 950mm and two angled lengths (as shown) measuring 760mm. Smooth any rough edges with sandpaper.


Step 3Step three
Place the 950mm length across the top front edge of the potting bench, evenly spanning the two side walls, and fix with 90mm screws (drilling pilot holes first).


Step 4Step four
Attach the two 760mm angled lengths along the tops of the two side walls, as shown, fixing with 90mm and 65mm screws (drilling pilot holes first).


Step 5Step five
Place the 810mm length of timber along the top of the back wall, ensuring the top edge runs flush with the angled sides, and fix with 90mm screws (drilling pilot holes first).


Step 6Step six
Attach the wider 900mm lengths of timber to the top of the structure to form the roof, as shown, beginning and ending with the two 100mm widths. Fix with 90mm screws (drilling pilot holes first).


Step 7Step seven
Attach the narrower 900mm lengths of timber across the joints, as shown, fixing with 40mm screws (drilling pilot holes first).


Step 8Step eight
Attach the two 460mm pieces of timber horizontally along each side wall to form the bench side supports – the top edge of these should be approximately 900mm from the ground. Fix these with 65mm screws (drilling pilot holes first).


Step 9Step nine
Attach the three 810mm lengths of timber across the bench supports, fixing at either side with 65mm screws (drilling pilot holes first).


Step 10Step ten
Following the manufacturer’s instructions, mix the builder’s bog and fill any holes and hinge indentations in the doors. Once set, sand this smooth. Fill any other gaps and joints with exterior gap filler.


Step 11Step eleven
Apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry to any filled areas and any bare wood and allow two hours to dry.


Step 12Step twelve
Apply two coats of Resene Summit Roof tinted to Resene Coast to the roof and eaves of the potting bench, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.


Step 13Step thirteen
Apply two coats of Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Breeze to the inside walls of the potting bench, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.


Step 14Step fourteen
Apply two coats of Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Half Inside Back to the outside walls of the potting bench, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.


Step 15Step fifteen
Apply two coats of Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Inside Back to the top and underside of the bench, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.


Step 16Step sixteen
Fix the stainless-steel hooks to the back wall of the potting shed, drilling pilot holes first.

Words and photos by Mark Rayner

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