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2 X 4 Potting Bench Plan - Create your own for under $15 in no time!

Potting Bench Plans

Free Potting Bench Plans

This piece of furniture is so versatile, you will love it! Easy to build and around $15 in lumber! Grab 5 – 2″x4″ at (8′ long) pieces of lumber and you can have a potting bench in an afternoon –  a few hours – really!

You will have left over wood, we will revisit that later this month and build something else 😉

Free woodworking plans to build a potting bench

2 X 4 Potting Bench Plan - Create your own for under $15 in no time!

Supplies Needed:

  • 5 each 2″ x 4″ lumber at 8′ long
  • Saw to cut lumber – we used a miter saw
  • Screws 2 1/2″ – 44 each
  • wood glue
  • Drill
  • Sanding block
  • Stain or paint

Cuts:

  • Cut 4 pieces at – 30 1/2″ Legs
  • Cut 4 pieces at – 36 ” table top
  • Cut 3 pieces at – 30″ bottom shelf
  • Cut 4 pieces at – 11 1/4″ leg braces

Process:

Make the legs (a total of 2) first.

Attach center brace between two of 30 1/2″ – 2×4 – using 2 screws (8 total per leg). – Repeat for the other leg. Attach second brace on each leg at 8″ from the bottom of the leg. (See photo below).

Easy legs for the potting bench made from 2 x 4 lumber
Attach one side at a time.
Building legs for potting bench with 2 x 4 lumber easy
When complete it should look like this.

Top of Potting Bench:

Potting Bench Table top
Use a scrap piece of wood for creating the space between the wood on the top of the table. We used several 1″x 3″ scrap – you want the space to be 3/4″.
How to build 2 x 4 potting table
Attach the top by screws from the bottom, at the top of each leg.

Attach the top:

  • To create a 3/4″ space between wood on the top of the table, we used a 1″ x 3″ scrap wood.
  • Apply glue and attach each leg with 8 screws as shown above.

Attach bottom shelf:

  • Equally space the 3 pieces of wood, attach from the bottom using wood screws.
Attach the bottom shelf of the 2 x 4 potting bench
Attach shelf, while the piece is upside down.

Potting Bench – Before Stain:

2 x 4 Potting bench easy to make this is before I stained it
2 x 4 Potting bench easy to make this is before I stained it
How to make a 2 x 4 potting bench - easy - inexpensive
After staining, love the imperfections!

The bench is very basic, easy to build in just an afternoon.

You can paint or stain it. Be sure to sand to remove splinters and smooth out the wood .

To create a worn, rustic look just use any stain color that you like. Apply a top coat of poly, depending on the stain, not always necessary.

If you decide to paint the potting bench, fill in the screw holes with putty, so that you have a smooth surface when complete.

How to build a potting bench in one afternoon

Use a scrap piece of wood for creating the space between the wood on the top of the table. We used several 1"x 3" scrap - you want the space to be 3/4".

Potting Bench Plans free and easy to build with 2 x 4 lumber

Free potting bench plans build it today!

How to make a 2 x 4 potting bench - easy - inexpensive

 

Free potting bench plans build this in no time! Out of 2 x 4 lumber.

This 2″ x  4″ Potting Bench plan is perfect for your first project.

 

 

13 comments

  1. I need this in my life!! Next weekend’s project for sure! I love how easy this is, I can totally make it!

  2. This is beautiful! It makes an awesome serving table too… I’d love to convert my mammoth of a grill to a small table top, and I do believe I now know what to build for it. 🙂

  3. Great project Debbie! Love the styling too, Shannon! I might have to build this for my daughter’s patio!

  4. I love your project! One of my closest friends has asked me to build her a potting bench this spring. I’m keeping your project in mind when I do build it! And your photos are lovely with the styling! Pinned!

  5. It is always a great project when it is easy and beautiful!!!…and the icing on the cake is Shannon aging those pots for you and staging the area….well, you know how it is…no matter where you are, you are always styling something, either physically or in your mind!…Glad you and Shannon had great fun together!

  6. This is beyond cute!! I need one of these!!!! Love your staging, darling!

  7. Hey Debbie! I love your potting bench. You did a fabulous tutorial, and make it so easy.

    The stain looks great, and it’s so versatile.

    pinned!
    gail

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