As if a new camera wasn’t enough, I also got an early birthday present this weekend. A potting bench! Matt had our friend Jeff custom build this for me. It’s made of basswood and it’s absolutely beautiful. A couple of details that are hard to see in the picture…a cute scalloped edge along the back of the top shelf, and a cutout in the left side of the work surface. Take the “lid” out and a bucket fits into the hole!
It still needs to be finished. Jeff knows me too well He told Matt he’d better wait on the finish, because maybe I’d want to paint it. Paint is always a popular option with me, but this time I’m simply going to have it sealed and varnished.
Unfortunately for Matt it didn’t turn out to be a big surprise. I’d only had the plans for this thing tacked to the refrigerator for a year or two. And then they mysteriously disappear a month or two before my birthday? I was so onto him. That’s okay. He’s racking up some serious points this week, don’t you think? When I told him I was going to blog about my bench tonight he said, “Good, I’ll get some good press on that blog for once.”
This is the same friend that made my seed-starting rack, and when Matt asked him to do the bench he also asked him to make me another rack. I’m going to be a seed-starting fool this winter! But with a certain special project I’ve got cooking, I’ll be needing that second rack.