Outdoor potting bench with natural wood tiles is the ultimate in creating rustic, rural style. For an indoor or outdoor bench, a wood tile gives the bench character and lots of aesthetics. Using wood stumps for the bench legs will enhance the rustic charm of the bench and the entire ensemble is relatively easy to assemble, even for woodworking newcomers.
Remove any outer bark from your outdoor potting bench and two wood stumps. Wear work gloves to protect your hands. Sand the plate and stump first with medium sandpaper, then with fine sandpaper. Wipe with rags to remove any abrasive dust. Finish the plate and stumps with stain, lacquer or a natural oil or wax finish. A UV protective bed or varnish is preferable for an outdoor bench to minimize the effects of weathering on the wood.
Attach a 1-inch drill bit to your drill and drill three 1 inch wide and 1 1/2-inch deep holes evenly spaced over the top of the two stubble bench legs. Six holes altogether. Insert a 3-inch long, 1-inch thick wooden stick into each hole. Paint a thin layer of paint, or apply chalk to the tips of the sticks. Outdoor potting bench Place the legs approximately one third of the plate length apart. Lower the plate on top of the legs, as you want the plate to be when it is tied to the legs. The color or chalk on the tops of the guide pins will mark the position of the pin holes needed
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