It’s May and the weather here in northeastern PA has been soggy for most of the month. The local greenhouses are open and the annuals and perennials have me psyched for some outdoor beautification. That means buying flowers and working on my garden.
My To-Do List from last year had “build a potting bench” somewhere halfway down the page, but I never got around to it. So, when I thought about projects for 2016, this was one to carryover.
Over the past year I have worked on my power tool skill set with several projects like my dresser turned radiator cover, DIY window casing or floating shelves for my living room. They gave me the confidence to tackle building a potting bench.
To build this I used scrap lumber from my cedar floating shelves, as well as, some pressure treated wood from raised garden beds that Jeff made a few years ago. Never throw away perfectly good leftover wood!
I didn’t really follow one specific plan to build this, but rather, took ideas from several simple designs such as this and this. I just wanted to put a basic bench together with whatever pieces of wood were on hand . Although these plans call for attaching a top shelf on the back of the bench, I really didn’t want one.
I think it took me a few days to complete this, doing a few steps each day after work until ready for assembly. The actual bench can be done in an afternoon, if you have the time. Once you cut all the pieces down to size, assembly is easy.
Here’s my Scrap Lumber Potting Bench
I built this to be 36 inches tall so it’d be a comfortable work height for me. The four corner supports are pressure treated 2 x 4’s. The top and bottom shelves are made from leftover cedar pickets that lay horizontally with a small gap between each slat. The top and bottom have a 2 x 6 “skirt” for added stability and aesthetics.
So much better to work standing than sitting on the ground to pot plants!
This little table is made to withstand the elements and can double as some outdoor DIY workspace. It’s a great compliment to the “free brick” patio I made last spring.