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diy project: sprouting table

by Grace Bonney

have you ever been sitting outside sipping a cold drink, and wished you had some fresh mint in your beverage? or basil on your sliced tomatoes? well this table can solve all your needs! but in all seriousness, i can’t think of anything more relaxing and summery than fresh herbs. we’ve been needing a little table to sit in between our patio chairs, so i decided to modify an inexpensive table to turn it into a planter table. if you already have a spot for your herbs, the inset box would be cute for just about anything: flowers, pen and pencils, sunblock and sunglasses, etc. this project does use what i would call “mild” power tools, but in under an hour you can have a custom table with a cute cubby! have fun! –kate

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1. cheap wood table (this is the ikea lack table, which is now under ten dollars!)
2. wood planter box (available at hardware stores or garden stores)
3. jigsaw (and safety goggles!)
4. pencil and ruler
5. drill with .25″ drill bit or larger
6. screws
7. plants
8. spackle


1. decide where you want your box to be inset into the table. place the box in desired spot and trace around it with pencil. if your table is thicker than your jigsaw blade (like the table i used), flip the table over and trace the box in the exact same location. use the ruler to measure the template on the top so you can be sure you are placing it in the exact same spot on the bottom.

2. drill a hole in the center of the square you drew. drill all the way through the table.

3. clamp your table to something or have a friend hold it to secure it. position the blade in the hole you drilled and start sawing to the corners. you will need to saw out portions of the square before you can get to the edges cleanly. saw out the square in pieces until you have the template cut out cleanly.


4. if you need to flip the table over and cut from the other side, do this now. follow the same steps as before to cut out the square template that you drew on the bottom. now you should have a square hole going through the entire table that is the same size as your planter box.
5. slide the planter box into the hole. you want a snug fit, so keep sliding it in or tap it with a hammer to push it down to the desired height. if you need to slice small pieces out from the table to get it to fit, do this carefully until the planter box slides down, slowly but surely, and fits snugly.

6. using small screws, screw through the planter in the center of each of the four sides into the sides of the table.

7. clean off the top of the table and fill in any cracks around the box with spackle to make a clean edge. let dry.

8. if you want to put plants in the planter box, do it now! or you can leave the box as is and fill with other things.



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