Easy Build Potting Bench Project

We've been working hard on a garden and garden fence this Spring. It isn't finished yet but we took a break to build an easy potting bench and I'll show you how we did it. 
Easy Build Potting Bench Project

We used pressure treated lumber for this project and 2 1/2 inch long deck screws. 
Step one was to build a frame. Our frame is 4' wide by 1 1/2' wide made with 2" x 4"s. 
Tutorial for Easy Build Potting Bench Project
The next step was to add the legs we screwed in legs in all four corners using deck screws. The legs are also 2" x 4"s. We screwed them in from the front and the sides. 
Tutorial for Easy Build Potting Table
When all 4 legs were attached we measured the distance between the side legs and cut 2x4's for cross braces. 
Tutorial for Easy DIY  Potting Table
The next step was to flip the table over. 
Tutorial for Easy DIY  Potting Bench
At this point we added a 4' piece of leftover 2" x 6" piece of pressure treated lumber to the back of the bench as a "backsplash". 
The next step was to cut 2' long 1"x 4" slats of pressure treated wood for the top. I wasn't sure how many I needed or what the spacing should be so I experimented with this for a while. 
Tutorial for Weekend Potting Bench
I ended up having 1/8" space between each board so dirt and water could fall through.
Easy Tutorial for a weekend project potting table
Next, I added ceramic knobs to the front of the bench to hang my garden tools. 
Ceramic knobs on a DIY potting table
I did this by drilling holes the width of the knob screw into the front of the table and screwing the knobs into the holes. 
Weekend warrior project - DIY potting bench
I added 4' long 1"x4" boards along the bottom of the bench and screwed them into the braces. If needed, you could add another shelf to the braces above this one.
The potting table is heavy and as sturdy as you would ever need it. We moved it over to the garden that is currently our work in progress. 
Outdoor garden potting table tutorial
The pressure treated lumber will quickly age beautifully and match the garden fence behind it. If you decide to stain your project, it is recommended that you wait up to 6 months to stain so there is no moisture in the wood.You can bet I'll be out there in my DIY garden apron made from jeans that no longer fit too! 

Easy Outdoor garden potting table tutorial

I already have plans to make another that holds a sink for over by the faucet. Take a look at the extra large coffee table I built for the deck
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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .