Make a Potting Bench with Concrete Countertop and Metal Roof

Set the Footing Form in place

Once the holes are dug I level the frame and screw it to stakes.

Make a Potting Bench with a Cast Concrete Countertop and Galvanized Corrugated Metal Roof.
levelling footing form frame

And Max came by to inspect these holes and give his approval. Thanks Max. 

Make a Potting Bench with a Cast Concrete Countertop and Galvanized Corrugated Metal Roof.
Max checking my work

A few bags of concrete are mixed and shovelled into each hole. And I realized I could have used less concrete if I levelled this spot better and placed the form frame closer to the ground. With less of a gap for the concrete to flow away.

Pouring Concrete

Make a Potting Bench with a Cast Concrete Countertop and Galvanized Corrugated Metal Roof.
shovelling wet concrete into form

For these small footings I use galvanized carriage bolts as the anchors. I’ll mark the center then push the bolts into the wet concrete.

Carriage Bolts as Anchors

Make a Potting Bench with a Cast Concrete Countertop and Galvanized Corrugated Metal Roof.
making center of footing

The next day I’ll strip the forms by disassembling the entire frame. I could have poured a concrete pad for this instead of footings but I need to consider the sink drain.

Stripping the Concrete Forms

Make a Potting Bench with a Cast Concrete Countertop and Galvanized Corrugated Metal Roof.
strip form frame from concrete footings

The sink will be for occasional summer use so I’ll drain it into a dry well below the bench. I dig a hole then line it with heavy landscape fabric.

Dry Well as a Sink Drain

Make a Potting Bench with a Cast Concrete Countertop and Galvanized Corrugated Metal Roof.
make a dry well for the sink drain

I cut a hole in the bottom of a pail for the drain pipe. This is set in the hole and surrounded and covered with drain rock. The fabric is folded over and more drain rock holds it in place.

Make a Potting Bench with a Cast Concrete Countertop and Galvanized Corrugated Metal Roof.
make a dry well for the sink drain

Later I shovelled in a layer of crushed stone where I removed the sod.


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