This past weekend was lovely here in Southern Ontario, while the kids were swimming I was plotting all of the backyard DIY projects I wanted to get done this year. As I sat on the deck, the sun warmed my skin and my gaze fell upon the bane of my backyard existence. At the furthest back corner of our yard, under some huge pine trees sat my husband’s Grandfather’s ancient workbench.
Although some may call it an antique, I call it rotting. It is something which holds vast sentimental value for us but we simply couldn’t display it as it was. I began plotting a DIY Planter Table project, it would be perfect for my gardening needs and we had just the right spot for it. I eagerly filled my husband in on my plan and we got to moving this HEAVY piece into it’s new spot. As you can see in the photo above the fence has been damaged from our lovely dog who slams herself against it to “attack” the dog next door. Having a new, beautiful planter table there would help deter her from this.
We headed out to the hardware store and grabbed our supplies and began working.
DIY Planter Table
For this project we picked up some Cedar fence boards, these will weather well and who doesn’t love the look of cedar?
I also pulled out my Ryobi Ultimate Combo Kit which is my go-to tool kit for DIY jobs. This 18V 6pc combo kit has everything you’ll need for a project like this, the contents are:
- Drill/Driver with Screwdriver Bit
- Circular Saw
- Reciprocating Saw
- Impact Driver
- JobPlus™ Base
- Multi-tool Head
- Wood/Metal Cutting Blade
- Segment Saw Blade
- Sanding Pad
- 5 Pieces Sandpaper
- Allen Wrench
- Universal Multi-tool Accessory Adaptor
- Dual Chemistry Charger
- 18V ONE+ ™ Compact Lithium+™ Lithium-ion Batteries
- Tool Bag
- Operator’s Manuals
These tools are a great fit for me; they are light in the hand and have Lithium batteries which last 4x longer.
The first thing we had to do was to remove the rotting wood, we were able to save most of the top surface but the edging had to go. We pried off the pieces we could and used the Ryobi Reciprocating Saw with the metal bit to cut off the stripped screws. Then I changed to the wood bit and cut a nice clean edge. The table was now ready to be refaced.
We measured out the cedar fence boards to fit the length of the table top and cut them using the Circular Saw. We wanted to keep the ancient clamp for the charm so we used the JobPlus™ Base with Multi-Tool attachment and cut the cedar to fit.
I used the Ryobi Drill and drilled pilot holes in place, then screwed them into the top. The workbench transformation was underway!!
We then used a chop saw to make angled cuts on the edge pieces. Again, I used the drill for the pilot holes and drilled them into place. We repeated the process for the backer piece and voila, our new planter table was ready for some water seal.
Once I’d placed my herb pots and an annual planter on the table, it began to be something beautiful. Now this corner of our yard is lovely again and we’ve kept that sentimental piece and made it useful again. This process will work for any table you’d like to reface and make into a planter table, don’t be shy to go and give it a try!
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Disclosure: I was provided the Ryobi Ultimate Combo kit, all opinions are my own.