Kitchen Gardening

Potting Bench: Plan and Instructions

Download a detailed drawing, materials list, cut list, and step-by-step instructions for a beautiful potting bench.

Potting Bench: Plan and Instructions

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.

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


Tools needed to build this bench: Materials list
• Handsaw Quantity Item
• Jigsaw 11 12-ft. 2x4s
• Drill 1 12-ft. 2×3
• 3/8-in. Forstner bit 1 8-ft. 1×6
• 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

—Bill Myles builds everything from raised beds to raised ranches in southern California.

From Kitchen Gardening #12

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