Is your garden planted and now you’re waiting for everything to pop up and grow? Why not build this DIY Outdoor Sink that hooks up to your garden hose? After 2 seasons of full swing veggie gardening with the help of this functional tool, I’d hate to live without it. Bringing washed produce into the house ready to prepare means leaving the dirt and grit outside. The laundry sized basin sink, filled full with ice cold fresh water eases the chore of cleaning all sorts of garden fresh produce. Check out these plans my husband Jack put together, so you too can enjoy the novelty of this useful tool.
This outdoor sink is a simple project to make with several variations depending on the size of the sink you choose or no sink at all.The deep laundry sink was a garage sale item as well as the faucet.The wood items were left over from another project.The expensive part was the stainless steel tabletop skin (22ga) which I had a local sheet metal shop fabricate.They charged $85.00, probably much less had it been galvanized sheet metal.The casters were another garage sale item and are optional if you have a permanent place to put your sink.(Add 4 to 6” to the length of the legs if you decide on no casters.)
Most of these items can also be found at a used building material store like Habitat for Humanity
1)1)2x4x10’(2x4x12’ if no casters)
½) sheet of ¾” plywood
34) 2” deck screws
36) 1 ½” deck screws
4) 3” casters
1) fiberglass or plastic laundry sink
1) 2 hole faucet or a single hole hose bib
1) pea trap, elbow and drain pipe
1) short length of hose to connect to a garden hose.
Start by building the tabletop.Choose the sink and faucet type and cut the appropriate holes in the plywood.Position the sink as far to one side as you can to increase the work surface.If you choose to have a stainless or galvanized top skin fabricated (recommended) now is a good time to take it down to a sheet metal shop while it is easy to transport.
Next cut your legs, notch the tops as shown and drill hole in bottom to receive the caster shaft.Take care to drill this hole to allow for a somewhat tight fit.
Now build your shelf separating each slat by ½”. You can use three 2x2x24” to attach the slats to, making sure you are keeping the shelf square as you screw each one in place.
For the final assembly turn the tabletop upside down to attach each leg with (4) 2” deck screws.Again, be sure to square each leg as you go.Insert the casters,Turn the table rightside up and attach the top edge of the shelf 11 ½” up from the bottom of the leg.This allows enough clearance for 90 degree elbow and a short drain pipe above the shelf as shown in the picture.
Finally, insert the sink, pea trap and the faucet in the tabletop holes and sink drain. Happy DIY-ing