DIY project: Foldaway potting bench gallery

If you’re short of space, this cabinet will give you both storage and a flat working area
Jason Creaghan

If you’re short of space, this cabinet will give you both storage and a flat working area

The materials cost us $163

Materials
You will need
• 1 sheet of 17mm tanalised plywood 2400mm x 1200mm
• pack of 50 8g x 45mm galvanised screws
• 2 x 75mm galvanised butt hinges with screws
• 2 magnetic cupboard catches
• 1.5m x 4mm galvanised chain
• 4 x 35mm galvanised hooks
• galvanised handle
• exterior wood glue
• saw
• clamps
• power drill
• bolt cutters
• stain or paint (we used Resene Woodsman Whitewash)

Step 1: Cut plywood to length (or ask your building supplier to do it for you). Stain or paint boards and leave to dry.

Step 2: Make the frame. Screw sides to top and bottom. Apply glue to ends, drill pilot holes. Secure with screws.

Step 3: Screw the back in place. It’s important to drill pilot holes before screwing to prevent the plywood from splitting.

Step 4: Position vertical inserts and shelves inside cabinet to desired height. Drill pilot holes and screw in place.

Step 5: Attach hinges to front panel. Lay cabinet on its back and place front panel on top. Attach hinges to bottom frame.

Step 6: Fix hook midway between shelf and roof, 25mm in from edge. Position another on front panel 100mm from bottom.

Step 7: Attach chain to hooks so the front panel sits level when open. Remove excess chain with bolt cutters. Repeat for other side.

Step 8: Fix magnetic catches in place. Attach handle to front of cabinet and touch up stain if necessary. Hang on wall or fence.

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Cutting measurements
• 2 x 764mm x 300mm lengths (top and bottom)
• 2 x 500mm lengths x 300mm (sides)
• 2 x 461mm lengths x 280mm (verticalinserts)
• 2 x 250mm x 260mm (shelves)
• 1 x 764mm x 460mm (back)
• 1 x 800mm x 500mm (front)

Step-by-step
1. Cut plywood to length (or ask your building supplier to do it for you). Stain or paint boards and leave to dry.

2. Make the frame. Screw sides to top and bottom. Apply glue to ends, drill pilot holes. Secure with screws.

3. Screw the back in place. It's important to drill pilot holes before screwing to prevent the plywood from splitting.

4. Position vertical inserts and shelves inside cabinet to desired height. Drill pilot holes and screw in place.

5. Attach hinges to front panel. Lay cabinet on its back and place front panel on top. Attach hinges to bottom frame.

6. Fix hook midway between shelf and roof, 25mm in from edge. Position another on front panel 100mm from bottom.

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7. Attach chain to hooks so the front panel sits level when open. Remove excess chain with bolt cutters. Repeat for other side.

8. Fix magnetic catches in place. Attach handle to front of cabinet and touch up stain if necessary. Hang on wall or fence.

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