Planting and transplanting plants is labor intensive work that requires a lot of materials that must be in the work area. Bending constantly, or sitting on the ground can make turn this activity into a backbreaking chore. Working on a table will allow you stand and be comfortable during the planting process. Many of these materials, like sand, soil, and gravel, are loose and will gather on a standard, flat-top table. A table with a mesh, metal top will allow you to work while the loose planting material falls through leaving your work area clean and ready for use.
Materials You’ll Need
4 treated posts (4 inches by 4 inches by 3 feet)
4 treated boards (2 inches by 6 inches by 4 feet)
Drill with Phillips bit
3 inch wood screws
Welded wire mesh fencing (1 inch by 1 inch openings)
Fencing staples (1 inch long, 1/2 inch gap between prongs and 1/8 inch diameter)
Lay two of your 4 by 4 posts on the ground. Arrange the posts parallel to each other with 41 inches of space between them. Place a 2 by 6 across one end of both boards. Be sure that each end of the board is flush with the sides of your posts. Slide the board so that it is flush with the ends of the posts.Drive 3 wood screws through the side of the board and into the post at both ends. Repeat the process with the remaining two posts and another 2 by 6.
Stand one of your frames up on their posts with the 2 by 6 cross beam at their top end. Have and assistant hold up another 2 inch by 6 inch board. Grasp the end of the loose 2 by 6 and hold it flush with the top of your frame. Place the end of the free 2 by 6 so that it is perpendicular to the existing 2 by 6 on the frame. Connect the new 2 by 6 to the frame with 3 screws. Lift the other frame and place it so that it continues in a square pattern. Connect the smaller frame with the free end of the larger frame with 3 screws. Complete the square top edge of the frame by connecting the remaining 2 inch by 6 inch board across the gap.
Lay the piece of wire mesh across the top of your wooden frame. Fold the mesh over each side of the frame. Use your hammer to drive a staple around a weld in the mesh and into the wood. Drive a staple every 3 inches around the table. Cut away the excess wire mesh with your snips.
Work gloves and safety glasses are required when working with hand tools and metal fencing.