24 Jan. 2000|
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Above: Crafted by a German furniture maker, the Larch-Wood Gardener's Table has a weather-resistant larch wood frame and a three-sided galvanized steel work surface with two drain holes.
Above: The Palram Greenhouse Steel Potting Bench is constructed from corrosion-resistant galvanized steel.
Whether your potted plants live indoors year round or have sought temporary shelter from freezing temperatures, they're probably looking a little sad these days. Tonic for Sick Plants: The most common disease that plagues houseplants is leaf spot—yellow or brown spots that develop on an outer leaf and move inward. Working in a nursery with unusual plants is a good way to learn about varieties as well as their habits. Now he describes his approach to designing and building a homemade steel workbench for his workshop in Thailand. Here is the article about how to build a steel workbench for your home workshop for 6,600 Baht. A steel tube frame with a heavy wood top should do nicely, and for added utility, include a few drawers, a shelf on the bottom rear side, and locking casters on all four legs. Comparing pictures I found using Google Images, the wood certainly looks like rubber tree and after cutting, sanding, and planning the boards, they are obviously some type of hardwood. After painting the wood blocks white, I drilled 5 holes in each of them to match the hole pattern which I had already drilled into the Lexan plates.
Each block & Lexan plate was mounted onto the bottom of the wood top, one in each corner, as shown in the following picture. I realize that rolling workbenches are not for everyone, but I personally love being able to easily roll my bench from one side of the shop to the other, or spin the entire table to provide easy access to the backside. The casters I used were purchased from Thai Wasadu and have proven perfect for the task; the locking mechanism not only prevents the wheels from rolling, but also locks the rotating spindle such that when all four wheels are locked, the table is very stable. That particular workbench was similar to Mike’s in that it had a frame of rectangular steel tube.
To allow the easy attachment and removal of bench vice, bench grinder, etc to the Steel Workbench described above, Mike has now designed and made a set of workbench modular Fixture Plates. Mike describes the fixture plates and shows photos of how to make and use then on the new Workbench Fixture Plates Page. It features a removable thick cutting-board-like plastic top, a debris catching gutter on the front, and storage shelf.
If your plants are suffering, mix a tonic and spray it on their leaves: Dissolve 4 teaspoons baking soda in a gallon of water and add a few drops of Murphy's oil to make a suspension. As the borders are combed through in the winter by the garden's owner, Susie Pasley-Tyler, and her team, plant material finds its way onto the potting bench. Plants should come in from the garden with a label, even more crucial than the two-pronged fork.
In fact one of my ‘functional’ workbenches fell to pieces when I tried to move it! It's a way to avoid an aching back from squatting to pot plants, a means to contain gardening mess, and provider of outdoor storage.
That is, until you find yourself propelled outside with a wheelbarrow, trying to find the right destination in the nursery for trays of newly created potted plants.
For someone like me, it is instructive to know which part of the garden the plants hail, as this determines where in the nursery they will be housed (whether shady, full-sun, etc.).
The relentless rain is of some concern however (not to the plants but to the paths), so it would be best to check before planning a visit. I was unable to find proper wood clamps, so I used some nylon tie-down straps with ratcheting ends to tighten and hold the boards in place while the glue dried.
The plant labelling system includes codes which tell you this (if you can understand the code).