Building A Potting Bench

A potting bench is an ideal accessory for your backyard that keeps all your important gardening items organized and easily accessible. Each panel is a stand-alone frame, which means you can make your bin as large as you like…just add more panels to beef up the overall size. The main work surface of the potting bench should be slightly lower than your kitchen counter. I gave the bench two coats of paint and was sure to covered every nook and cranny to seal it from the outdoors. After your bench is assembled, use an exterior wood sealant to protect the wood from the elements and give it a nice smooth finish. I needed this awesome potting bench earlier today when I was filling my front porch planters!how to make a potting bench

Farm Table Refashion : Repurpose household items to make this handy bench, you’ll need an old table, a chain-link gate, a drill (and drill bits), pipe clamps. Although this last one will change……as I love this design so much I think I will have to build another one soon, next time using better quality wood and definitely finding some gorgeous antique wheels!! Add little side fences if you wish, which are handy to stop stuff rolling off the bench or to contain potting up soil.

First things first, make sure that you potting bench is square by measuring diagonally accross the back and leveling the legs with a level. I spied this bench at a show house here in Georgia, and I’ve been dreaming of it ever since. The front and side rails were damaged door-frames, the legs were pallets and spacers, and the shelf was miscellaneous lengths of roughly 1½in x 1½in pine, some of which had already been stuck together. I didn’t have a good feeling about the screws and figured that they would split the wood if I used them. Also, avoid boards with large knots, which will weaken key parts and make it harder to cut the notches.

Before you get started draw this out on paper before you cut any of your lumber to make sure I have not made any mistakes entering this information. Cut spacers about 1/2 inch thick from scrap wood with a hand or electric saw and glue them to the back of the pegboard around the edges and down the middle. Some wood screws that will be long enough to go through one and half widths of your wood. If you’re looking for something more heavy duty, you can always plop down some 2 x 6s side by side to create an indestructible bench top. I like your storage bin idea – gonna do that with my potting bench I made from a BBQ table!

This is much neater and firmer than simply overlapping the legs, so the bench shouldn’t wobble – not as strong as mortise and tenon, but a lot simpler to do. To strengthen them up even more I’ve used hidden hardwood dowels in each lap joint. These DIY potting bench plans will let you work at a comfortable height, and will provide a central place for stashing your hand tools and supplies.

This may not be the fanciest potting bench plan around, but if all you’re looking for is a simple solution to keep your gardening work up off the floor, this plan meets the need. If you want to know more about that gorgeous garden clock hanging above the potting bench, be sure to visit Worthing Court to see how my friend Suzy made it. You could use a piece of kitchen worktop, an old door like my temporary bench (it must be solid though), or the ubiquitous sheets of MDF. One final consideration in looking for a potting bench plan is the type of wood you’ll be using.

You can have everything organized in one location including bags of potting soil, empty pots and containers, hanging tools, plant food and fertilizers (just make sure to store them in airtight containers so the rain won’t get in) and even a bucket for garbage storage or compost bin collecting if you like. Filling the holes gives you a bench that is more like a piece of furniture than a work bench.

Jeremy and I very carefully loaded our potting bench into the back of the Gator (a.k.a John Deere farm utility vehicle) and drove it over to our big barn where I wanted to paint it. This is probably not something you want to carry around long distances! This is a very modifiable project: I’m thinking some lattice I have sitting behind the shed would make a great backing for the bench. This design is nice enough to work indoors, as well as out, and could be outfitted with casters on the bottom to make it a mobile unit.

And like I mentioned earlier, if you’re careful to cut your plywood pieces to be perfectly square, you can use these as guides to line up the 2x4s that make up the rest of your potting bench. An indoor bench should get a weather-resistant finish, at the very least, to prevent water, soil, and fertilizer from damaging the surface. Hey Steve, I was totally inspired by your video and plans, and even though I’ve never done more than hammer a couple of nails into a 2×4, I posted a request Friday afternoon for any of my FB friends who might have some free pallets. Join two pieces with cleats to make a removable cover for the dirt container (Photo 7). Glue 1 x 1-in.

This looks pretty simple to build – i’d like to try a version of this – this summer to go out by the pool maybe – more like a sideboard – a bit narrower – up against the wall of the garage behind the chairs. Tools at this potting bench are kept organized with long, narrow shelving above the bench and nails or hooks along the wall next to it. Biscuits are little ovals of beech or various plywoods that are inserted in slots cut in the wood on both faces to be joined. But, your purchase will not go to waste, because with only a few more boards, you can easily make yourself a terrific potting benc h.

Let the glue set, then it’s a simple matter to fit the front rails into their rebates with glue and dowels, and screw the back rails in place. Putting together the basic structure is a simple matter of mounting 2x4s together to form the legs and the stretchers (rails) that span between them. Right now I am mostly using the potting bench to display plants and flowers, but when we do entertain guests, it is great for setting up a bar area and serving appetizers. This is another example of a potting bench made primarily from pallet wood that has been creatively reconfigured.

Complete the potting bench by notching the 1×8 shelves (Photo 9) and securing them with 2-in. Run extra planks around the top of the bench but make them stick up the thickness of your bench top planks (see next pic). To stop the soil or potting materials in the tubs from turning into mud, save the plastic tops and snap them in place when you’re finished for the day. I knew that I’d find a place for the little chair and it seems right at home on the potting bench!

Another note about squaring things up. Rather than try to get every piece of this bench perfectly square before you start driving screws (like a lot of woodworking projects), this plan suggests simply checking the square as you go. That means having a carpenter’s square within easy reach, and then holding it snug against the corners as you drive the screws.

Before we mount the doors to the frame, you will need to cut the blocks of wood to allow the door to rest without falling in the middle. The heavy-duty, 18 gauge galvanized components are attractive, easy-to-assemble, and the smooth surfaces will make clean-up a breeze. Notching looks tricky, but it’s simple if you follow these key steps: First clamp each pair of legs together, and using dimensions from Fig. This project is for them All you need to do is to get yourself an old sewing machine table and a small sink. Use a scrap piece of wood for creating the space between the wood on the top of the table.

This one is going to my mom, so I just might have to make another one for myself!! I created the legs from old window sash pieces and some found tongue and groove boards for the bottom shelf. Slats together with water-resistant wood glue to form the grate (Photo 6). Scrape off excess glue before it dries. Indoor/Outdoor Center : Shows how to make an indoor-outdoor center from inexpensive 3/4-inch-thick #2 pine shelving and 1/4-inch-thick peg-holed hard-board panels. Here’s another way to protect garden tools from the weather: place the hanging hooks under the lip of the potting bench.

Put the sink into the hole from the machine; add a few hooks on the side for hanging tools and you have yourself a handy-dandy potting bench. But for a more elegant look, the screws can be counter-bored so the heads are 1⁄4 in. to 3⁄8 in. below the wood surface (a 3⁄8-in. An inexpensive level will go a long way in making sure your bench stands up straight and doesn’t wobble.