How to Build A Simple Potting Bench

a potting bench for the garden

potting bench overview illustration

Overview

Cut List

2×4 back legs: 2 @ 60 inches
2×4 front legs: 2 @ 33 inches
2×4 lower support blocks: 4 @ 6 inches
2×4 middle support blocks: 4 @ 23½ inches
2×4 upper support blocks: 2 @ 16 inches
2×4 bottom shelf sides: 2 @ 18½ inches
2×4 bottom shelf front and back: 2 @ 33 inches
2×2 work-surface cleats: 3 @ 17 inches
2×2 bottom shelf cleats: 3 @ 15½ inches
5/4×6 work-surface sides: 2 @ 20 inches
2×6 work-surface back: 1 @ 34 inches
2×4 work-surface front: 1 @ 34 inches
2×6 work surface boards: 3 @ 34 inches
2×6 bottom shelf boards: 3 @ 33 inches (rip 1½ inches from the width of one board)
2×4 filler strip: 1 @ 29 inches
2×6 top shelf (back): 1 @ 29 inches
5/4×6 top shelf: 1 @ 34 inches
5/4×6 top shelf (sides): 2 @ 5½ inches
5/4×4 top back board: 1 @ 36 inches
Wire mesh: 1 @ 22 by 34 inches

an illustration focusing on the work space as well as cleats and framing for a potting bench

1: Make the Work Surface

Use a jigsaw to cut the curved profiles on the side pieces. Screw the frame together with the bottom edges flush. Secure cleats along the sides of the frame and another spanning the middle of the frame, all flush with the bottom edges. Secure the shelf boards to the cleats.
an illustration focusing on the bottom shelf as well as cleats and framing for a potting bench

Step 2: Make the Bottom Shelf

Screw the shelf’s frame together. Secure cleats to the sides and across the middle of the frame, flush with the bottom edges, as in Step 1. Secure the shelf boards to the cleats.
an illustration focusing on the legs of a potting bench

Step 3: Attach the Legs

Screw the lower support blocks to the legs. Prop up the bottom shelf on the blocks and secure it to the legs. Screw the middle support blocks to the legs. Rest the work surface on the blocks and secure it to the legs. Screw the upper support blocks to the leg
an illustration focusing on the wire mesh and backing board for a potting bench

Step 5: Attach the Wire Mesh

Secure a filler strip to the back side of the work-surface frame, between the legs. Staple wire mesh to the back of the bench. Finally, secure a board over the mesh to hold the top shelf in place
Consider the following shelves for back
Country-style Potting Room
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