Potting Bench by Between Naps on the Porch
easy potting bench plans by Ana-White.com
1 - 4x4 @ 12 feet long
4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
6 - 1x6 cedar boards 10 feet long or 9 cedar fence pickets 6 feet long
4 - caster wheels (if desired)
3" or longer self tapping exterior deck screws
2" self tapping exterior deck screws (for attaching top)
exterior wood glue
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
4 - 4x4 @ 35-1/2" - cut shorter per wheel height if using (legs)
8 - 2x4 @ 22" (sides and top supports)
4 - 2x4 @ 48" (front and back)
1 - 2x4 @ 45" (bottom support)
8 - 1x6 cedar boards or fence pickets @ 26" (bottom shelf)
5 - 1x6 cedar boards or fence pickets @ 50" (top shelf)
Test a few of your screws to make sure you don't need to predrill all the holes. I find self tapping screws pretty forgiving (though more expensive). Layout the 4x4 legs and attach the 2x4s to the top and at the bottom shelf location.
To keep things pretty - I love how Susan made a screw pattern here.
Now things will start to take shape! Attach 2x4s to both the 4x4s and the side 2x4s for extra support.
You'll need something to attach the top boards too - so attach more 2x4s inside the top.
The same needs to be done for the bottom shelf - but we'll go the other way since the bottom shelf boards are run the other way.
Layout six of the bottom shelf boards and attach, with an even overhang on both sides. Leave about a 3/4" gap between the wood slats.
Attach to center support and sides with shorter exterior deck screws.
For the end shelf boards, you'll need to notch out with a jigsaw. The easiest way to do this is to scribe the board in place by placing next to the 4x4s, marking the 4x4 location, and cutting in 3-1/2". Susan shows you how she notched out her bottom shelf boards here.
Attach top shelf boards with the shorter screws to the supports - if the supports were placed to plans, the dotted lines show the location of the center of the studs.
Attach wheels to bottom of legs if using.
For more details - please visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.
Thank you Susan!