This step by step woodworking project is about how to build a wood potting tray. If you are looking for a quick woodworking project or for a simple gift idea, this wooden tray could be the project. You can adjust the design of the tray, so that you give it another purpose. Make sure you browse through the rest of the projects, as you can find more building inspiration.
We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pressure-treated lumber, pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Made from this plan
- A – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 20″ long BASE
- B – 2 piece of 1×4 lumber – 14″ long SIDES
- C – 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 18 1/2″ long BACK
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Adjust the size of the beam to suit your needs
- One Weekend
How to build a wood potting tray
The first step of the project is to build the components for the bottom and the back. Mark the cut lines on the 1×4 slats and get the job done with a circular saw.
Mark the cut lines for the handle hole. In addition a curved corner will add more appeal to the tray.
Apply glue to the edges of the bottom slats and clamp them together tightly. Make sure the edges are aligned and check if the surface is smooth.
Cut the slats for the sides and mark the finger hole cut lines.
Drill starting holes inside the marked area. Use a jigsaw to make the cuts and smooth the surface with fine-grit sandpaper.
After I cut the components for the frame, I had to assemble them together. I applied glue to the joints and inserted a few 1 1/4″ brad nails. Make sure the edges are flush and double check if the corners are right-angled.
Lay the frame on a level surface and attach the bottom. Align the edges, making sure the bottom fits into place easily. I drilled pilot holes for the 1 1/4″ screws. This is an outdoor project, so the main concern was to add a lot of support to the joints. If you want to make this project for indoor, you can just add glue and insert 1 1/4″ brad nails.
I inserted the screws. Two screws for each joint are enough to secure the joints properly.
I used different grit sandpaper to smooth and even out the surface. It took me about 10 minutes to get a nice surface, so the extra work really paid off.
I stained the tray and applied a second layer after a few hours. The color is teak.
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