How to Build a Potting Bench How to Build a Potting Bench

What You'll Need
(5) 8 foot long 2 by 4 inch posts
(2) 8 foot long 2 by 4 inch posts
A sheet of 3/4 inch plywood
Wood screws
Saw
Miter saw
Drill
Drill bits (small bit and screwdriver bit)

Placing a potting bench in your garden will allow you to keep your potting supplies neat and organized. Building such a bench, gives you the opportunity to keep potting supplies together and because of its height, a potting bench also lets you work with your potting supplies in comfort. A potting bench can easily be constructed if you use the tools mentioned below and follow the steps outlined:

Step1 - Make the Shelves

Cut 2, 48 inch pieces from 2 of the 2 by 4 inch posts and another 2, 21 inch pieces from another 2 by 4 inch post. Nail the pieces together to form 2 frames of 48 by 24 inches.

Cut two 24 by 48 inches of plywood from your sheet and mark a 5.75 by 3.25 inch cut-out on each corner. Cut out the notches. This board with the cut-outs will form your bottom shelf while the board without the notches is the top of your potting bench.

Screw the intact piece of plywood to one of the frames with wood screws.

Step 2 - Make the legs

Cut 4, 34 inch pieces from the 4, 2 by 4 posts to use as the legs of your potting bench. Lay the empty frame on the floor and put the plywood with the notches squarely on the top of the frame.

Put the legs into the openings formed by the frame and the plywood so that the legs fit snuggly and stand upright. An extra pair of hands will come in handy at this point to keep the legs upright.

Drill 2 pilot holes into the top of each leg.

Step 3 - Put them together

Carefully put the assembled frame on top of the legs. Make sure that the frame sits squarely on top of the legs and start securing the top to the legs one by one by using wood screws. To make sure that the legs are sturdy, put 2 screws down through the top into each leg and another one through the side.

Secure the bottom frame to the legs as well by propping up the shelf with scrap pieces of wood or bricks to the height you would like your bottom shelf to be. Using wood screws, screw the frame to the legs.

Drop the shelf onto the secured bottom frame and fasten with wood screws.

Step 4 - Sand the Bench

After all your hard work, you will want to ensure that your potting bench is protected from the elements and you will need to varnish it. Be sure to sand down your bench with fine grade sandpaper.

Step 5 - Varnish

Now apply your first coat of varnish. Allow the varnish to completely dry for at least 24 hours before applying a second coat and remember to always lightly sand your potting bench between coats. Once your last coat has completely dried, your potting bench is ready to use.

You can also build a backing for your potting bench eventually which will allow you to hang your potting tools within easy reach.

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