Potting Bench

Make gardening more enjoyable and efficient with this rugged, versatile potting bench.

With plenty of countertop space, pegboard, shelving, a drawer and large bin sized for bags of potting mix, all your potting and transplanting tools will be easily stored and ready to use. Hook a hose up to the PVC faucet setup and you're ready to rinse vegetables or give young transplants a cool drink of water. You can let the sink drain into a bucket underneath, or you can hook up a length of hose and direct it away from the bench for a makeshift drain.

This project represents a fairly significant investment in time and materials, with a stainless steel bar sink, exterior-grade plywood and plumbing supplies. But it is simpler to build than it may appear. And the end result will be well worth the effort.

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COST:

TIME: 15 Hrs

SKILL:

Materials

  • (2) 2 x 6 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (8) 2 x 4 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) 1 x 6 x 4' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) 1 x 5 x 4' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (2) ¾" x 4' x 8' exterior plywood
  • (1) ¼" x 4' x 8' perforated hardboard (pegboard)
  • 1 ¼, 2, and 3" deck screws
  • 1 ¼" galvanized finish nails
  • Stainless steel bar sink
  • ¾" PVC pipe (8')
  • (2) pipe strap clamps
  • (2) 90° PVC elbows
  • PVC stop valve
  • PVC female adapter
  • Hose thread to pipe thread transition fitting
  • PVC primer and cement
  • Teflon tape
  • Weatherproof glue

Cut List

  • A. (2) 1 ½ x 5 ½ x 66"
  • B. (2) 1 ½ x 3 ½ x 45"
  • C. (1) ¾ x 5 ½ x 45"
  • D. (2) 1 ½ x 3 ½ x 35 ¼"
  • E. (2) 1 ½ x 3 ½ x 33 ¼"
  • F. (3) 1 ½ x 3 ½ x 24 ½"
  • G. (3) 1 ½ x 3 ½ x 24"
  • H. (2) 1 ½ x 1 ½ x 27"
  • I. (1) ¾ x 3 ⅝" x 45"
  • J. (1) 1 ½ x 1 ½ x 45"
  • K. (1) 1 ½ x 5 ½ x 45"
  • L. (1) ¾ x 28 ½ x 49" (exterior plywood)
  • M. (1) 1 ½ x 3 ½ x 6"
  • N. (1) ¾ x 26 ¾ x 24 ¼" (exterior plywood)
  • O. (1) ¾ x 26 ¾ x 20 ¼" (exterior plywood)
  • P. (1) ¼ x 17 ⅝ x 31 ¼" (pegboard)
  • Q. (1) ¼ x 17 x 25" (pegboard)
  • R. (1) ¼ x 62 x 48" (pegboard)
  • S. (2) ¾ x 3 ½ x 24" (exterior plywood)
  • T. (2) ¾ x 3 ½ x 19 ¼" (exterior plywood)
  • U. (1) ¾ x 20 ¾ x 24" (exterior plywood)
  • V. (1) ¾ x 5 ¾ x 22 ¼" (exterior plywood)
  • W. (2) ¾ x 16 ½ x 24" (exterior plywood)
  • X. (2) ¾ x 16 ½ x 16" (exterior plywood)
  • Y. (1) ¾ x 20 x 24" (exterior plywood)
  • Z. (1) ¾ x 19 ¾ x 22 ¼" (exterior plywood)
  • AA. (2) ¾ x ¾ x 24"

Tools

  • Circular saw or miter saw
  • Jig saw
  • Drill/driver
  • 7/64" drill bit
  • 7/8" Forstner or spade bit
  • Squares (framing and combination)
  • Hacksaw
  • Hammer and nail set