Potting Bench-Bar

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snazzylittlethings added on 8/2/2015

Our deck was lacking a focal point. We were debating whether or not we needed a potting bench or a bar so I decided to build both. This is a piece that can be used for serving cold beverages on a hot summer day or lift the lid and do some serious potting. Hope you enjoy


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


The Build

There is no way that we could have completed this build as quickly as we did without the Kreg Pocket hole joinery tool. I’ve just recently started using one and I am an absolute believer. It makes incredibly quick, strong joints with no visible hardware. I have a Kreg K4. I built a little platform for it to handle panels that are wider that the base and also to hold the bit, driver and some screws. I will put that out soon as a tutorial as well.


Step 1

For this step you will need: • 2 - 72” 2X4’s • 2- 32” 2X4’s • 2 -68” 1X4’s • And 2 – 14” 1X4’s Use your Kreg tool to join the legs and cross braces as below. Use a piece of 1X4 as a spacer to create a ¾” reveal on the front and sides


Step 2

I’ve cut away one side here to show how to assemble the next portion. First rip one of the 1X4’s down to 3 6ft strips 1”wide. If you don’t have a table saw you can substitute 3 6ft 1X2’s here. Cut 2 to 14” and 2 to 68”. Cut one 2X4 and one 1X4 to 68” in length Attach the 2X4, on edge, flush to the top back rail as shown. You can screw through the back of the 1X4 and reinforce by joining the 2X4 to the tall rear legs with pocket holes. Screw the 1X4 to the 2X4 as show. Make edge flush with the back so you have ¾” of the 2X4 revealed below the 1X4. This assembly will serve as the base for the lid hinges to attach and must be very solid. Next attach the one inch strips flush to the bottom edge of the bottom rails.


Step 3

Measure and cut the two ½ “ plywood to sheets size for each half of the bottom. Measure and cut the two ¼” plywood sheets to size for each half of the back. Attach to bottom and back.


Step 4

Cut your 3” wainscot planks to fit and attach to inside of bin leaving about two inches at the top of the top rail. Cut 2 1X4’s to 68” and your 1X6 to 71” Use the Kreg tool to join the 1X4’s flush with the back edge of the tall legs as shown to create the back of the shelf. Use a jigsaw to cut a 1 ½” X 2 ¾” notch in the the 1X6 to fit the 2X4 posts. Cut two 2 ½ X 2 ½ “ triangles out of scrap 2X4 Attach as shown. Measure from the bottom of the shelf to the top of the back rail, cut a 1X4 to length and attach in the center as shown with pocket holes. This piece must be flush with the back so that the back of the tall legs and this center piece are all on the same plane.


Step 5

On your table saw, set your blade to 45” and run 5 six foot 1X4’s through with your fence set at 2 ½”. Trim these to 71” long and attach to the back of the potting bench in whatever spacing you prefer.


Step 6

For the lid you will need two pieces 36” by 18”. As I mentioned ¾” plywood will work here or if you are feeling ambitious you can biscuit join 2 1X10’s and cut them to 36” in length for your two halves of the lid. Attach the lid with piano hinges or the hinges of your choice to the back rail as shown and your Potting Bench/Bar is ready for stain! We have already put it to use as both a potting bench and a bar, I have my personal preference but we will leave that up to you. Come check out some of our other woodworking projects at http://www.snazzylittlethings.com/category/diy-projects/woodworking-projects/ I hope you enjoy building your own, I would love to see your work. Share it here if you feel like bragging a little.

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(4) 2x4, 72", Board  
(13) 1x4, 72", Board  
(1) 1x6, 72", Board  
(2) 1/2" Thick, Quarter Sheet, Plywood  
(2) 1/4" Thick, Quarter Sheet, Plywood  


(3) Tongue & Groove Wainscot  
(1) Box Kreg Screws 1 1/4"  
(1) Box Kreg Screws 2 1/2"  
(1) Qt Mahogany Stain  
(2) Piano Hinges  
(1) Box 1 1/4" wood screws  

Parts/Cut List:

(2) Legs, 2X4X32  
(2) Legs, 2X4X72  
(2) Back, 1/4X 17 X 35  
(2) Bottom, 1/2X17X35  
(1) Shelf, 1X6X71  
(2) Shelf Back, 1X4X68  
(5) Rails, 1X4X71  
(2) Lid, 1X18X36  


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