Introduction: Pallet to Potting Bench

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I have a 12ft x 6.5ft x 6.5ft Poly Tunnel to put up in the next week or so, once the weather calms down a bit.
So in the meantime I was looking for a Potting Bench on line, and in the local garden centers.
I was disappointed at the build quality of the units on offer, the price was also excessive.
So I decided to make my own.
The cost of the bench was zilch, it was all materials I had in my shed.
That place is like a Tardis :-)

Step 1: The Pallets

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The local community hall is being refurbished after a fire.
The skip outside was full of rubbish, but down the side was an 8' x 4' pallet they use for dry wall transportation.
I managed to wrestle it out of the skip,(with great difficulty). then carried it half a mile home.
Not the lightest thing to haul about.
The one in the photo is a 2nd pallet they left out for me, I used an old skateboard and some rope to roll this one home.
No way would they fit in a car.
I plan to use this one for shelves in the Poly tunnel.

Step 2: Break Down

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I broke the pallet down, using an old broken garden fork.
It popped the planks without any split or damage.
I then cleaned and sanded the planks down before I began the build.

Step 3: The Frame

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 The pallet yielded 8 planks, 4 x  8ft x 3.5in  and 4 x  8ft' x 5.5in planks.
I also had 5 x  4ft x 2in x 3in posts.
I cut 2 of the posts down to 3ft and left the others at 4ft
I also halved the 8ft planks into 4ft lengths.
I must have removed about 60 nails.

Step 4: The Build

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The construction was pretty fast and simple.
I did use other scraps of board, wood and offcuts I had laying around.
The frame was nailed and screwed together.

Step 5: The Topping

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The work surface of the bench was just the same as the shop bought ones.
quite rough with gaps and uneven lumps and bumps.
I found 3 x 4' laminate floor boards in my shed.
I trimmed these up and used them as the work top.
It gives a nice smooth surface to work on, and makes it easy to clean off.

Step 6: The Shelf

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The lower shelf was made from an old fence that was blown down by the wind some time ago.
The frame was painted 2 tone with shed and fence paint.
I used a scroll saw to shape the bottom rail, I made a cardboard template for the shape.
I may add an eye level shelf and some hooks for tools at a later date.
But if you have the time, the materials and need a potting bench, give it a try.


PaulM115 made it! (author)2015-09-20

Here is what I made today inspired by this and a couple of others here I saw. The result is I made one! From pallet wood to useful, in a couple of hours.

bloominaround (author)PaulM1152017-02-03

Nice ?

PaulM115 (author)bloominaround2017-05-27

Thank you. I had it standing outside all year and it's still sturdy. Now it's in my greenhouse. The big work is breaking apart the pallets ;)

tim_n made it! (author)2015-02-15

Made something similar but with no decoration. Cleaning pots and cleaning chicken water bottles.

bloominaround (author)tim_n2017-02-03

Awesome ?

craftclarity (author)2014-05-09

Nice! I love the details....!

doctorkred (author)2014-04-15

I really like your idea and I do one like yours. I'll put as a roof for when it rains and that not so much in direct sunlight.


Me gusta mucho tu idea y pienso hacer una como la tuya. Le pondré como un techo para cuando llueva y para que no le de tanto el sol directamente.

tpatten-scheinost (author)2014-04-14

love love love it. great tutorial also. i loved the skateboard ide!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2014-04-14

Great reuse of pallets!

I love the colors you painted it too!

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