This is how we built our Easy DIY Potting Greenhouse Table for free. The entire table was made from salvaged and reclaimed materials left over from the greenhouse construction.
Did you know that we recently built a Greenhouse using reclaimed doors? Before finding the doors, I had started collecting windows for the project. Since we had a supply of windows, we decided to use them to build a potting table for the Greenhouse.
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DIY Greenhouse Projects
In order to fill the greenhouse with a storage cabinet, we repurposed an IKEA Cube and made an Apothecary Cabinet. It’s hard to believe this used to be a 16-cube IKEA storage unit. Please look before and after.
In addition, I found an old chandelier at the thrift store and converted it into a solar chandelier for the greenhouse.
So we added the potting table, and here’s how we made it.
So here’s what you need to build a potting bench.
- 2 – identical windows which together will be the length of your table
- 2 – 8′ salvaged porch posts.
- 2 – treated 2 x 4 boards
- 2 – treated 4 x 1 boards
- Wood Screws
Easy DIY Potting Table or Gardening Bench Instructions
First, make sure to build your table at the correct height. I personally feel that 36″ is a good working height for a garden or potting table.
Therefore, cutting the excess length from the bottom of each 8′ post would be necessary before cutting them in half.
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Begin by cutting the excess length off each post using a chop saw, and then cut the post in half. As a result, you will have four identical posts.
Measure windows for the table length
Next, let’s measure the length and width of the windows used to build the potting greenhouse table or gardening bench.
In addition, align each board with the edge of the posts to form the front and back length of your table.
The end is a thinner 1″ board and is used to attach the two lengths together. Similarly, you will want to cut these end boards the exact width of your window.
Next, attach the end boards to the 2 x 4 boards using wood screws and a cordless drill.
However, these boards should be attached from the outside so the end can rise above the 2 x 4 boards to form a slight lip. In other words, allow the end board to create a frame for the windows to sit inside.
Add Windows to complete your Potting Table
Above all, avoid using screws longer than your board and window thickness because they will show on the top of your table. In addition, be sure to attach wood to wood and don’t allow the screw to come in contact with the glass.
The DIY Potting Greenhouse Table is a very rustic gardening bench that works perfectly inside the greenhouse.
If you plan to use your table outside, you want to use all-treated lumber or seal your potting table with exterior paint. As a safety precaution, I plan to add a sheet of Plexiglas to the top of the table.
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So this is a simple way to re-purpose old windows and other architectural salvage into a functioning potting table/gardening bench.