This step by step diy woodworking project is about potting tray plans. The project features instructions for building a basic wooden tray for the potting bench. Using this tray will keep the potting bench clean when working with your plants. Make sure you take a look over the rest of the related projects to see alternatives and more projects for your garden. Remember that you might need to adjust the size of the components to suit your needs.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
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Potting Tray Plans
- A – 3 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 24″ long BOTTOM
- B – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 24″ long BACK
- C – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 15 3/4″ long SIDES
How to build a potting tray
The first step of the project is to build the sides for the tray. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you should mark the cut lines on the 1×6 slats. Use a jigsaw to round the corner, as shown in the plans. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and remove the excess with a damp cloth. Drill a pilot holes inside the slats and cut out the finger hole with a jigsaw.
Cut the bottom slats at the right size. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes at both ends of the slats and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the side slats. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach the back slat to the potting tray. Use glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails to lock the slat into place. Drill pocket holes through the bottom slat and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the back slat.
Fill the holes and dents with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Use 120-200 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. Remember that you can adjust the design and size of the tray to suit your needs.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the components from decay, we recommend you to apply paint or stain.
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