Potting Bench: Plan and Instructions

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Photo: Gary Williamson

by Bill Myles
January 1998
from issue #12

Click here to download the plan and step-by-step instructions for building the potting bench (pdf format).

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The overall directions for this potting bench are simple, and you can modify the design according to your needs or style. For example, I added boards to the back of the top shelves to keep things from falling off, but that's optional. I also cut the lower supports and ends of the top shelf on an angle to break up all the straight lines.

Click here for photos and more about materials, making the frames, assembling the bench, cutting the hatch, and fitting the top shelf unit. 

Tools needed to build this bench:   Materials list
• Handsaw   Quantity Item
• Jigsaw   11 12-ft. 2x4s
• Drill   1 12-ft. 2x3
• 3/8-in. Forstner bit   1 8-ft. 1x6
• Tin snips   2 6-ft. 1x6s
• Hammer   2 8-ft. 2x2s
• Utility knife   3 6-ft. 1x4s
• Flush-cutting peg saw     2-ft. by 2-ft. x 1/2-in.
hardware cloth
    1 box (100) 1-5/8-in. galvanized
deck screws
    1 bottle Exterior-grade glue
      3/8-in. by 3/8-in. by 2-ft.
piece of teak

Need woodworking advice or help learning about the tools used in this project? Visit FineWoodworking.com and research how to use and buy the right tool in the Tool Guide.

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Comments (13)

DanielBlake writes: Such a useful information...
Posted: 5:10 am on November 17th
Maxbannett writes: Just beautiful... Great Concept...
Posted: 5:07 am on October 30th
Oscarwilson writes: Incredibly Awesome Concept
Posted: 4:00 am on October 30th
Archiefox writes: Thanks for sharing wonderful project
Posted: 2:40 am on October 30th
Marquss writes: That seems really very beautiful ... Great Job Thanks for sharing it...
Posted: 2:25 am on October 30th
Thomaswain writes: Great Idea! Thanks for sharing it.
Posted: 8:12 am on October 29th
Mikespencer writes: Great Idea.....
Posted: 7:36 am on October 29th
Sandraclif writes: Beautifully executed..
Posted: 6:44 am on October 29th
Adwardstim writes: Incredible Idea...
Posted: 6:03 am on October 29th
Jonathanray writes: Thanks for sharing it..
Posted: 5:12 am on October 29th
silaswren writes: I really like it.. Well done
Posted: 12:33 am on October 10th
chuckwideen writes: Download worded like a charm, built the bench and is a great addition to my work area.
Posted: 2:32 pm on January 20th
pjgentry writes: Trying to download photos and plans and it does not happen.
Posted: 5:08 pm on June 21st
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