For the little ones in your lives that want to garden and soak in the great outdoors! This easy to build kids potting bench is sure to supply hours on end of fun and perhaps even productivity in the garden!
- Tape Measure
- Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
- Kreg Jig
- Brad Nailer
- 1 – 2×2 at 8’
- 3 – 1×2 at 8’
- 3 – 1×3 at 8’
- 1 – 1×4 at 8’
- 1 – 1×6 at 6’
- 1 – 1×8 at 3’
- Half sheet of ¼” plywood, lauan, or hardboard
- 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
- 2” pocket hole screws
- 1-1/4” brad nails
- Wood filler
- Wood glue
- Finishing Supplies
- 4 – 2×2 at 21-1/2” – Legs
- 6 – 1×2 at 15” – Shelf Aprons, Shelf & Bench Frames
- 2 – 1×4 at 15” – Bench Aprons
- 7 – 1×2 at 25” – Shelf Aprons & Frame, Bench & Shelf Supports
- 2 – 1×4 at 25” – Bench Aprons
- 2 – 1×2 at 28” – Bench Frame
- 18-1×3 at 15” – Shelf & Bench Slats
- 2 – 1×6 at 18-1/4” – Hutch Sides
- 1 – 1×6 at 25-1/2” – Hutch Shelf
- 1 – 1×8 (ripped to 6” wide) at 28” – Hutch Top
- 1 – ¼” plywood, lauan, or hardboard at 19” x 27” – Back
Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
Cut the pieces for the legs and aprons. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the apron pieces. Attach the shorter aprons to the legs with glue and 2” pocket hole screws. The back face of the aprons should be flush with the inside face of the legs.
Attach the longer aprons as shown using glue and 2” pocket hole screws.
Cut the piece for the shelf support. Drill pocket holes at each end and attach to the shelf aprons using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the shelf frame and slats. Assemble as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.
Attach the shelf to the shelf aprons using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the frame and slats into the aprons and support.
Cut the pieces for the bench supports. Cut the piece for the shelf support. Drill pocket holes at each end and attach to the shelf aprons using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. The top of the supports should be flush with the top of the aprons.
Cut the pieces for the bench frame and slats. Assemble as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.
Attach the top to the aprons using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the frame and slats into the aprons and supports.
Cut the pieces for the hutch sides. Cut the arcs as shown with a jigsaw. Drill pocket holes in the ends of each piece and attach to the bench top using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. The hutch sides should be located ½” in from each side of the top as well as ¼” from the back edge.
Cut the piece for the hutch shelf. Drill pocket holes in each end and attach using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.
Cut the piece for the hutch top. The top will overlap the front and sides by ½”. Attach using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws through the sides into the top.
Cut the piece for the back. Attach using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School
**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it.