Bonsai Display Benches.

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

Chinese Proverb

When I first created the Bonsai Display House it was a case of whatever I had to display my trees on at the time would suffice.

My 160 year old White Pine stood on an old wooden rickety table until 2010. During 2002-2009 I was gainfully employed and boy it was stressful, not so much the work or the job, but the muppets I had to consider my seniors. Wet behind the ears does not do them credit. Anyway, I didn’t have much time to look after the trees so it was a ‘stood still’ situation.

Thankfully, the employer made me redundant in late 2009; my time with my trees therefore had begun again.

The first thing I needed to do was replace the old wooden table for the White Pine, then the engineers blocks and a bit of old trellis for the Beech Group, and finally a new table for the English Oak. Well, Welsh actually as that is where it was collected way back.

The following then are the tables I have just made out of old reclaimed hardwood (apart from the legs and that is decking posts 95mm x 95mm) All of the wood came from an office refit…yep, you guessed it, where I used to work and the lot was slung out. In the skip and out again and several trips later it was all safe at home waiting for a use.

All tables are bolted and or screw bolts utilised throughout, with five coats of sadolin ebony (water based) nipped in-between coats. My wife calls them Elephant tables … not because of the style but because of the weight they will cope with. After all, they have my pride and joy on-board … I don’t want any slip-ups.

If any Bonsai enthusiast would like a full breakdown just let me know.




9 thoughts on “Bonsai Display Benches.

  1. Joseph Wilcox

    Do you have written plans for these tables. They are beautiful and I think the design would look good with the Eastern Red Cedar heartwood that I has cured for a couple of years in my carport. I have been debating different designs for a while but have not been able to settle on one yet.

  2. markE


    Another good article and some lovely display tables.

    I’m new to bonsai but as you have said it soon becomes a passion rather than hobby. I started 2 years ago with a nursey plants which i chopped up and now have some sort of bonsai shapes.

    I’ve created a tool selection, old chop sticks, old forks as rakes and made a brush from fine copper wire. I’m always on the look for new pots and possible trees. I bought my first figure “Fisher man” for display car boot £1.

    As you can see from an earlier post I collected seeds last autum for growing but having problems with the oaks.

    As yourself with “engineers blocks and a bit of old trellis” I’ve created a bench area with hollow concrete blocks and timber benches. Its ok for now but not the ideal, im hoping with the blocks and timber painted will look effective as a display for the present and then maybe a training area when i have more mature tress that I intend to moved on to individual tables. I inspire to make some similar to yours they are very nice.

    Mike, at this early stage woould you advise me to have lots of trees or just concentrate on a few?

    PS: love the vinegar tip in repotting article.


    1. Mike Jones


      If age general health and strength …. and money are on your side, then quite frankly you CANNOT have too many trees:) BUT… don’t forget to learn about horticulture and nature in general. This all goes towards your eventual knowledge and experience.

      Vinegar is good fro acidity but be careful not too much. Nowhere near what you’d put on your chips !

      I could go on, but have some new display stuff to think about and get someone to do. Sadly due to arthritis and other problems my health is useless these days.

      You must remember to do just one thing in Bonsai. ENJOY it and do not get bogged down with too much technical. Do it and enjoy, the rest will come if it is meant to.


  3. Carole

    Thank you so much for the inspirartion!!!! I love my Bonsai and my partner loves woodwork. We have done a permenant display area but need tables for larger tree and groups of smaller that can be moved. Your excellent idea will help.
    I have been using matt black exterior masonary paint for a more rustic finish and it will mix with water to make a colour wash for tree stumps (reclaimed from tree surgeon) to use for post’s for tree’s, a marine ply top works well and the paint seem to last well. I Like the tip for sadolin that seem to give a more polished finish!
    I also note the dove cote in the back of the workshop. We have just finished building our own japan syled (mark 3) Dove cote, the Doves love it. Winter work now set out 🙂

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