For a functional yet decorative addition to your outdoor space, our stylish gabion potting table doubles as a focal point in any garden. We show you how to build your own.
Assemble the gabions by positioning the sides and bottom together and secure them by winding on the supplied spiral connectors, leaving the tops aside.
Place a gabion where the base of the potting bench will sit, then position two blocks in the centre. At the top, in the centre, twist wire around one side, run it to the other side and twist to secure and brace the sides to prevent bowing.
Fill around the blocks with landscaping stones, positioning them to sit flush against the gabion sides, then attach the top with the supplied spiral connectors.
Repeat by positioning two blocks in the centre of the next gabion, twisting wire over the top to brace the sides, fill with stones, then attach the top.
Twist wire around the top and bottom gabion to hold them together at the front, back and sides, trimming excess with pliers.
Position three lengths of 1500mm-long hardwood together, wrong-side up. Position 440mm lengths crosswise over the ends, then secure countersinking screws into the hardwood top, with two screws into each length at both ends.
Attach galvanised fixing clips onto the edge of the top gabion, at the front, sides and back, leaving them facing outwards for attaching to the top.
Lift the top into position, right-way up and centred. Smooth over the top and along the edges and corners with 120-grit abrasive paper to remove any splinters, then smooth again with 180-grit. Apply two coats of clear exterior varnish, leaving to dry after each.
Secure 20mm galvanised stitching screws through the holes of the clips to secure the hardwood top to the gabion, to prevent it moving or tipping.
*Timbers vary by state and territory; contact your local store for further information.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.