Simple Potting Bench

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About Project

DIY Potting bench plans!

Dimensions shown above.


Shopping List

7 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long (Cedar or exterior treated works best for exterior applications, but well sealed lumber can also work if properly treated and maintained)
1 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 4 feet long

Common Materials
2 inch screws
2 1/2 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

10 - 2x4 @ 36" (Shelf Boards)
4 - 2x4 @ 19 1/2" (Shelf Supports)
2 - 1x2 @ 19 1/2" (Center Shelf Support)
2 - 2x4 @ 36" (Front Legs)
2 - 2x4 @ 48" (Back Legs)
2 - 1x6 @ 39" (Top Shelf)
2 - 1x3 @ 39" (Back Supports)

Cutting Instructions

Cut largest boards first to minimize waste.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Begin by attaching the shelf boards to the side supports as shown above. Choose exterior decking screws installed correctly (see packaging) to prevent water damage. If you have a Kreg Jig™, you could also fasten from the underside and completely hide all screw holes. Take care to ensure that both (Yes, make two) shelves are square. Glue is advisable.

Step 2

Mark the center underside of the shelves as shown above. Attach the center support with 2" screws.

Step 3

Mark the back legs 36" from the bottoms. Then to hide your screw holes, attach the shelves to the legs as shown above from the insides. Predrill and countersink all screws.

Step 4

First things first, make sure that you potting bench is square by measuring diagonally accross the back and leveling the legs with a level. You should do this at every step.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach the top shelf side supports to the top shelf as shown above. Trim corners off to avoid a sharp outside edge. And your potting bench or gardening station is done!

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.

Because this project is likely to be used outdoor, treat with an exterior finish for added durability, and refinish as needed to protect the wood.