Practical Potting Bench

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Project by theSawdustSurfer posted 08-06-2012 02:29 PM 2524 views 28 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love working outdoors. If the weather was better in Sweden, I would probably just have a shed with a roof without walls as a workshop. Here is one of my outdoor projects for this year.

The Practical Potting Bench
My wife wanted a sturdy bench that could handle very heavy use.
she wanted it big with many practical features.

  • Box for garden soil
  • Removable grid (so that the old soil can fall through into a bucket or a wheelbarrow)
  • Strong hooks to hang heavy stuff in.
  • Suspension device for the garden hose.

I made it in slow growing pine
Legs are 2 1/5 “by 4”´s
The frame is 2”by 5”´s
Table top and shelves are 1”by 4”´s
the Hooks are 1 1/4” dowels

I think I managed to satisfy all of her requirements, although they were many :)

She (and I ) have used the bench the whole summer so i can tell, it works well! The whole bench including finish took four evenings to do and a minimum of tools, a perfect outdoor project.

i have much more info about the features and the way i made it on my blogg

Thanks for watching

please visit for more pics

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden ----

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-06-2012 03:31 PM

Looks like a cool design Henrik,very nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 08-06-2012 03:34 PM

I love it, I’ll be building a greenhouse in the near future (hopefully!) and my wife loves this design. Super practical, great job!

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#3 posted 08-06-2012 03:35 PM

Very interesting design,Henrik.

-- Lidiya,Russia.

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#4 posted 08-06-2012 04:06 PM

This is a really nice bench and would be a wonderful project to build for any gardener.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 08-06-2012 11:03 PM

Great looking bench. The problem is that, now when I look at the potting bench I made 10 or 12 years ago, it doesn’t look so great. Thanks for sharing.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#6 posted 08-07-2012 04:12 AM

Beautiful bench. My daughter uses the one I made her quite often.

They find them as a handy place to fillup your seeding trays and pots.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#7 posted 08-07-2012 04:33 AM

Very nice. I like the design….

-- Brock, Illinois

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#8 posted 08-07-2012 07:59 AM

Thanks everyone!

i really appreciate your comments!

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden ----

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#9 posted 08-07-2012 12:41 PM

Thats a great project. A work bench is needed in more places than just our shops.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#10 posted 08-07-2012 02:07 PM

My wife has been wanting me to build her a bigger outdoor planting bench.You have alot of great ideas and accessories on yours I need to borrow. Thankyou for sharing

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#11 posted 08-17-2012 12:06 PM

In Brazil, the perfect time to be outside is Wintertime, it is dry and temperature is 16C in the morning and 26C at midday… lol
Summer is just too hot and rains a lot.
Nice design indeed!

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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