Built-To-Last Potting Bench

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buildsomething added on 7/2/2015

Create a great place for potting plants and gardening chores by building this tough, good-looking potting bench. This one is built from cedar to hold up to years of use outdoors. It looks so good that you might decide to use it as a serving station on your deck or patio, too.

Directions

Follow the steps below to complete this project.

1

Cut the Legs

Cut two Front Legs to length from a 2x4 board (we used cedar for this bench), and cut two Back Legs to length from a 2x6 board, as shown in the cutting diagram. Then, using a miter saw of jig saw, cut the angled ends on each Leg, as shown.

2

Make the End Rails

Cut four End Rails to length from 2x4 boards, as shown in the cutting diagram. With your pocket hole jig set up for 1 1/2" material, drill pocket holes in the ends of all four pieces, as shown. Now change your jig and bit setup to 1" material. The drill holes along the edge of two pieces to make a pair of Top End Rails. Then drill the other two pieces to create Right and Left Bottom End Rails, as shown.

3

Create the Ends

Now you can attach the End Rails to the Legs using 2 1/2" coarse-thread exterior-rated pocket hole screws. Make sure you have all of the End Rails in the proper positions, and that the pocket holes are all oriented in the same direction.

4

Make Side Rails and Stretchers

Cut four Side Rails, two Top Stretchers, and two Bottom Stretchers to length from 2x4 boards, as shown in the cutting diagram. With your pocket hole jig set up for 1 1/2" material, drill pocket holes in the ends of all of the pieces, as shown. Now change your jig and bit setup to 1" material. The drill holes along the edge of all the pieces, as shown.

5

Assemble Top Rails and Stretchers

Now you can attach the Top Stretchers to the Top Side Rails using 2 1/2" coarse-thread exterior-rated pocket hole screws. Make sure that the pocket holes are all oriented in the same direction.

6

Add Bottom Rails and Stretchers

Now you can attach the Bottom Stretchers to the Bottom Side Rails using 2 1/2" coarse-thread exterior-rated pocket hole screws. Make sure that the pocket holes are all oriented in the same direction.

7

Attach the Leg Assemblies

With these Rail/Stretcher assemblies complete, you can attach them to the Leg assemblies using 2 1/2" coarse-thread exterior-rated pocket hole screws, as shown. Attach to one Leg assembly first, and then add the other Leg Assembly. Make sure that the pocket holes in the Rails and Stretchers are oriented correctly for attaching the Slats later.

8

Cut Top Slats to Size

Cut three Long Top Slats, one Front Top Slat, and one Short Top Slat to size from 5/4 (1"-thick) x 6" wide deck boards, as shown in the cutting diagram. Then cut the notches on the Front Top Slat, as shown.

9

Attach the Top Slats

Next, attach the Top Slats to the base of the bench. Start by aligning the Short Top Slat with the Rear Top Side Rail. Then position the Long Top Slats so they overhang equally on each end. Finally, position the Front Top Slat. Attach them all using 1 1/2" coarse-thread exterior-rated pocket hole screws.

10

Add the Bottom Slats

Cut three Long Bottom Slats, and one Short Bottom Slat to size from 5/4 (1"-thick) x 6" wide deck boards, as shown in the cutting diagram. Then attach them to the bench base using 1 1/2" coarse-thread exterior-rated pocket hole screws. Make sure the Long Bottom Slats overhang equally at each end.

11

Cut the Shelves

Cut Two Top Back Shelves to length from a 1x10 board, as shown in the cutting diagram. Then use a jig saw to cut the notches on each end of the Shelves. With your pocket hole jig set up for 3/4" material, drill pocket holes in the Shelves, as shown.

12

Make the Shelf Risers

Cut Two Shelf Risers to length from a 2x6 board, as shown in the cutting diagram. With your pocket hole jig set up for 1 1/2" material, drill pocket holes in the Risers, as shown.

13

Attach the Bottom Riser

Attach the Bottom Riser to the Top Slat using 2 1/2" coarse-thread exterior-rated pocket hole screws.

14

Add the Bottom Shelf

Attach the Bottom Back Shelf to the Back Legs using 1 1/2" coarse-thread exterior-rated pocket hole screws.

15

Wrap It Up with the Top Shelf

To complete your potting bench, attach the Top Riser to the Bottom Back Shelf using 1 1/2" coarse-thread exterior-rated pocket hole screws. Then add the Top Back Shelf by attaching it to the Back Legs using 1 1/2" coarse-thread exterior-rated pocket hole screws. Protect your potting bench with outdoor stain or exterior paint.

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Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(5) 2x4, 96", Board  
(2) 2x6, 96", Board  
(1) 1x10, 96", Board  
(5) 5/4 (1" actual thickness), 96", Decking  

Hardware/Supplies:

Parts/Cut List:

(2) Front Leg, 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 34 1/2"  
(2) Back Leg, 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 60"  
(2) Top End Rail, 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 16 1/2"  
(2) Bottom End Rail, 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 16 1/2"  
(2) Top Side Rails, 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 44"  
(2) Bottom Side Rails, 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 44"  
(2) Top Stretcher, 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 22 1/2"  
(2) Bottom Stretcher, 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 17 1/2"  
(3) Long Top Slat, 1" x 5 1/2" x 48"  
(1) Short Top Slat, 1" x 5 1/2" x 44"  
(1) Front Top Slat, 1" x 5 1/2" x 48"  
(3) Long Bottom Slat, 1" x 5 1/2" x 47 1/2"  
(1) Short Bottom Slat, 1" x 5 1/2" x 44"  
(2) Risers, 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 9"  
(1) Top Back Shelf, 3/4" x 9 1/4" x 44"  
(1) Bottom Back Shelf, 3/4" x 9 1/4" x 44"  

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