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A Potting Table with a Twist

Discarded bits of a kitchen renovation can make a bench that’s functional and fun

Fine Gardening – Issue 159
It’s not easy being the carpenter son of a garden-center owner. It seems as if, every year, my mother asks me to build something crazy that she has seen in a magazine or at a flower show—like the 56-foot-long window box she had me construct on the roof a few seasons ago. But when she asked me to build her the “perfect” potting bench I was actually excited. After all, I’ve seen how much of a pain an “imperfect” table can be for my mother and her gardening friends: Pots falling off the sides of a bench that’s too small or soil spilling everywhere because there isn’t anywhere to put it. I thought, “Why not turn an old claw-foot tub into the ultimate potting bench?” The recycled tub could keep the soil contained in an easy-to-access spot, while a counter set to one side could provide an adequate work area.…

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