Simple 2x4 Potting Bench

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 04/24/2019 - 11:18
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How to build a potting bench - super easy and looks great!

Potting Bench
DIY Potting Bench

Oh man, am I ever excited to share these new plans with you today!!!

This spring, I wanted to create new potting bench plans for you that are still super simple to make, but this time, I wanted to integrate more storage on the hutch and back.  So I teamed up with my friends at Ryobi to create these plans for you!!!

One of the things I love the most about this potting bench is the back is like a pegboard!  You can use any "over-the-cabinet" accessories to customize your hutch for your needs.

You'll also love how quick and easy it was to build this potting bench!

The free plans are following.

Please share a photo if you build - you can tag me on Instagram @anawhitediy or #anawhite or upload a brag post.  

Thanks much!


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Simple 2x4 Potting Bench

Potting Bench Plans
Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

8 – 1x4 @ 8 feet long

2 – 1x4 @ 10 feet long

4 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long

2-1/2” and 2” exterior self tapping screws

Wood glue

Cut List

2 – 2x4 @ 61-1/2” (back legs)

2 – 2x4 @ 35-1/4” (front legs)

4 – 2x4 @ 22” (side aprons)

10 – 1x4 @ 39” (front aprons, short shelf boards, back shelf)

10 – 1x4 @ 42” (long shelf boards, back boards)

2 – 1x4 @ 24” both ends cut at 45 degrees, long point to short point measurement (cross support)

Tape Measure
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw


Step 1

Mark the back legs from the bottom at 11-1/4” and 35-1/4”.  Attach with 2-1/2” self tapping exterior wood screws the 22” long side aprons to the back legs, matching marks with tops of aprons.  Then mark the front legs 1-1/2” in from front edge and also 11-1/4” up from bottom of leg.  Attach other side of 22” long side aprons to the front legs.

Step 2

Attach front aprons to the side aprons with 2” wood screws and glue.

Step 3

Shelving – Place shelving boards on bottom shelf.  Attach with about a ½” gap in between shelf boards with 2” exterior wood screws.  Repeat for top shelf.

Step 4

Cross bracing – cut cross bracing at 45 degree angles on ends.  Attach to back legs and the back shelf board with 2” exterior wood screws and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Hutch Shelf – Screw through back boards and back legs into the hutch shelf board sides and back to attach with 2” exterior self tapping screws.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Sat, 04/11/2015 - 14:46

And I need to make one, too, so I can work on our garden! :) Thanks for sharing!


Sun, 04/12/2015 - 22:36

I just built this bench and love it. I also really like those hooks. Where did you get them? Thanks for all the great plans, I've made quite a few pieces.


Thu, 06/16/2016 - 01:14

Hi Ana,

So excited to make this bench! Was wondering, on the video you have a material list:

(8) 1x4x8

(2) 1x4x10

(4) 2x4x8

Could you please tell me what cuts are made to the (2) 1x4x10's? Thank you so much!

Rowland A Shepard

Thu, 03/11/2021 - 08:37

# Panel Cut Result
1 4×120 y=39 4×39 \ -
2 4×81 y=39 4×39 \ -
3 4×42 y=39 4×39 \ surplus
1 4×96 y=24 4×24 \ -
2 4×72 y=24 4×24 \ -
3 4×48 y=42 4×42 \ surplus
1 4×96 y=42 4×42 \ -
2 4×54 y=42 4×42 \ surplus
1 4×96 y=39 4×39 \ -
2 4×57 y=39 4×39 \ surplus
1 4×96 y=42 4×42 \ surplus

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