How to build a greenhouse table

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How to build a greenhouse table
Greenhouse staging is an important part of a proper greenhouse. (Getty Thinkstock)

Greenhouse "staging" refers to the tables used to grow plants inside a greenhouse building. In most cases, staging tables have raised edges to help hold in dirt, plant matter, and the plants themselves. For planter greenhouses, a flat-topped table will work to hold the planters. However, a traditional greenhouse requires sturdy staging with raised sides that can be used to grow a number of plants. Building a table for a greenhouse requires some carpentry experience.

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Things you need

  • 4 table legs
  • 4 15 cm (6-inch) high boards
  • 2 cm (3/4-inch) plywood
  • Saw
  • Stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Hammer
  • 5 cm (2-inch) nails

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  1. 1

    Choose sturdy, narrow table legs that will support the weight of the table, dirt and plants. Use 3/4-inch-thick plywood as the base of the table.

  2. 2

    Cut the plywood and side planks to match the size of the staging. The table should be 60 to 90 cm (2 to 3 feet) wide, and 60 to 150 cm (3 to 5 feet) long.

  3. 3

    Stain the sides, legs and base of the table with a water-resistant stain to help keep the wood strong for a longer period of time. Allow the stain to dry 24 to 48 hours before continuing.

  4. 4

    Line up one of the legs with one corner of the plywood. Ensure that the leg is flush with the corner of the table, and attach it with 5 cm (2-inch) nails. Repeat this step with the other three legs.

  5. 5

    Place one of the sides of the table flush with the plywood base so it forms part of the edge. Attach it with 5 cm (2-inch) nails. Hammer in one nail every 7.5 to 12 cm (3 to 5 inches) to hold the side in place.

  6. 6

    Repeat Step 5 with the other three sides of the table to create the raised compartment for the plants and dirt. The corners of the raised planks should be flush.

  7. 7

    Nail the corners of the raised planks together to create a tighter fit. This will prevent dirt from escaping.

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