MAKE A FOLD­AWAY POT­TING BENCH

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

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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).

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) The ma­te­ri­als cost us $163.

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.

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.

Photo: JA­SON CREAGHAN

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

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