I am really happy about the new seed starting benches that I built. Since I started saving heirloom seeds, I knew I needed a better seed starting setup than last years folding table. Luckily we have a nice sun room that works as a makeshift greenhouse in the early spring. By using the sunlight as much as possible, I can get strong starters with a minimal of supplemental lighting. So I designed a bench that will hold 8 standard 10"x20" seed starting flats with four in front of each level of our double hung windows.
It is fairly lightweight and cheap to build, using 1x2 framing that can be ripped from any 2x lumber and thin plywood for the walls and shelves
The bottom shelf sits on a box containing an incandescent light fixture, which warms the 4 trays on the bottom shelf.
Here it is in action. I had to hang the top light from hooks in the cieling, but the bottom fixture hangs neatly from the upper shelf.
Tomatoes and Peppers on the top, flowers on the bottom.