Collapsible Potting Table
Build a collapsible potting table or BBQ area to provide an extra outdoor surface that can be stored away in the off season.
1 - 1 x 6 @ 8'
1 - 1 x 6 @ 4'
4 - 1 x 4 @ 8'
6 - 1x2 @ 8'
3 sets 1 1/2" butt hinges
*Optional* 1 extra 1x2 @ 8', mentioned in step 7
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
8 - 1x2 @ 27 1/4"
8 - 1x2 @ 17 3/4"
4 - 1x2 @ 14 1/2"
2 - 1x2 @ 12 1/2", ends cut at 45*, not parallel
2 - 1x2 @ 21 3/4"
4 - 1x4 @ 32 1/8"
6 - 1x4 @ 21 3/4"
2 - 1x4 @ 13 1/8"
2 - 1x6 @ 37 1/8"
2 - 1x6 @ 23 1/4"
Build the side legs as shown above. Set your kreg jig for 3/4" stock and use 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. You need to build two of these.
Build the back legs using the dimensions above. The angled piece is the 12 1/2" 1x2 with the 45 degree cuts. Use pocket holes set for 3/4" stock, using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.
To start the bottom shelf, inset your 1x2s 3/4" from the ends of the 1x4s as pictured. Attach using 1 1/4" screws and glue, using two screws per shelf, per side.
Evenly space the remaining shelf boards, making sure to glue and screw into place. Still using 2 screws per board, per side.
Build the top with your 1x6 boards as pictured. The heart is optional, but I strongly recommend it.
You can pocket hole the top boards together, but I would recommend that you plank them on a scrap board, leaving a slight gap between boards for drainage and to allow the boards to move, as it will be outside.
If you plank them, arrange them inside the 1x6s , top down, and place the scrap board on top of them, gluing and screwing into place.Then you can either screw the plank inside with pocket holes or with countersunk screws from the outside.
Attach hinges as shown. I stood the sides that were to be hinged together next to each other and test-folded it with the hinge to make sure I was putting it on the correct way. Then I scribed where the screws would go.