Potting Bench

DIY Potting Bench Plans - Rogue Engineer 2

Recently, Krissy from KE Creations reached out about writing plans for a potting bench that she wanted to build for her mother. Even though its the middle of winter, I couldn’t resist when I saw what she wanted. I love this design for a potting bench. The grated top allows for the excess soil to fall through and be caught in the soil crate. How genius is that? To see how Krissy’s build went, make sure to check out her post.

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  • Kao

    Awesome – thank you. I think I might add small rollers to the bottom the drawer so it wouldn’t scrape up the finish on the shelf. Looking forward to doing this project. This comes next after I make cubbies for 1,000 bottles of wine in my husband’s wine storage room.

    • Krissy

      Rollers are a good idea. I have a feeling I’ll be making a modification soon. 🙂

  • Linda Korb

    I think this is adorable and well-planned with the soil crate! I wish I knew someone who liked to do potting and planting so I could make this for them. Maybe my brown thumb will turn green someday and I can have this for myself 🙂 #plantkiller

  • countrycrafted

    Me me Linda LOL

    • Linda Korb

      LOL!!! That’s hilarious! I bet shipping would be a fortune!

  • Kimberly Keath Cox

    I wonder if this could be built with “fake” lumber? I live it a VERY rainy area and mold and rot are a constant battle.

    • Sure, I don’t see why not. You might also try cedar as it is resistant to both.

  • John Webb Shaddix

    @RogueEngineer:disqus – can you tell us about the paint and finish? What did you use? Number of coats? Any thoughts on best resistance to rain/mold (cedar? protective finish?)

    @Forum – Any ideas / thoughts about closing in the bottom shelf all around and putting swing doors?

    Thanks, John

    • Hey John, the stain is Behr Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing All-In-One Wood Stain & Sealer in Wedgewood. I didn;t build this one but you can see more at https://kecreations.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/potting-bench/

      Cedar would provide great resistance. You could also go with pressure treated lumber or a deck stain and sealer like Krissy did.

      And I think that would be a great mod to the bottom shelf. I would just add 2x4s to the sides to close it in and build doors out of 1x4s and 1x2s with latches and a center post to rest against,

      • John Webb Shaddix

        Thanks for the link! Krissy did a bang up job with this one (I’m going to get the 90 deg clamps – I could have used on past jobs for sure!)

        – Bottom Shelf: You’d use 2×4 on the sides/back of the bottom shelf? Feels a little beefy…what do you think of running 1×2 along the inside of the frame and screwing 1×6 to close in the sides/back?

        – Bottom Shelf: How would you suggest making it semi water-tight? Or is that wishful thinking? Maybe I could staple gun thick mil clear plastic along the top/sides? Or use some foam weather filler/sealant

        – Any other Kreg clamps that are good essentials to have handy?

  • Sam Cimilluca

    Thanks for the plans. I built this all with pallet wood. The only thing I changed was the frame to cover the hardware cloth. It was 24 inches not 27 inches.

    • Krissy

      Looks great!!

      • Sam Cimilluca


    • Looks great! Love the color. Thanks for sharing.

      • Sam Cimilluca

        Thank you.

  • Jerame Brown

    There are dozens of potting bench plans out there – this is the first one I’ve seen with a slotted section and drawer to catch the overflow. Ingenious! Krissy thought that through!

  • Welborn77

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/18e6f08caaf445a1b3ef074b97f4be4b6289595c136ba4786188fefba8226ef7.jpg I built this for my aunt last year and she loves it. I had a good time building it also!

    • Looks great! Hope she enjoys it. Great finish too!