Potting bench with sink plans

This step by step diy project is about potting bench with sink plans. If you like sp[ending time in your garden, a wooden potting bench with a sink will ease your work. Style is also important, so this project features a potting bench with a neat design that can turn your project in a veritable focus point of your garden. Don’t forget to take a look over the rest of the outdoor projects and to adjust the design and size of the bench to suit your needs.

You should always plan everything from the very beginning and to adjust the size of the potting bench to your needs, while you can still use the woodworking techniques described in this project. Taking into account the simple design, this garden work bench can match the style of any backyard. Mark the cut lines on the slats before making the cuts and use a jigsaw to get the job done.

There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tool when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure. Round the exposed edges with sandpaper or by using a good router.

 

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Potting bench with sink plans

Building a potting bench

Building a potting bench

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 22″ long, 3 pieces – 48″ long 2xFRAMES
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 35″ long, 2 pieces – 60″ long LEGS
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 32″ long SUPPORTS
  • D – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long SHELF
  • E – 4 piece of 2×2 lumber – 22″ long, 8 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 21 3/4″ long SHELVES
  • F – 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long, 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 48″ long, 2 pieces- 6 1/4″ long TOP SHELF
  • G – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 25″x48 long COUNTERTOP
  • H – 1 piece of perforated metal sheet – 23 1/2″x48″” long, 1 piece – 14 1/4″x48″ long PANELS

  • 11 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8”
  • 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 8′
  • 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8′
  • 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 4′
  • 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 6′
  • 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
  • perforated metal sgeet – 4’x4′

Tools

Tips

  • Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
  • Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws

Time

  • One Week

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How to build a potting bench

Building the frames

Building the frames

 

The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frames for the potting bench. Cut the components at the right size and drill pocket holes at both ends of the short components. Insert 2 1/2″ screws through the components into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are right-angled and leave no gaps between the components.

 

Building the frame of the potting bench

Building the frame of the potting bench

 

Next, you need to fit the 2×4 legs to the frames, as described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the legs and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the frames. Make sure the legs are plumb and check if the frames are perfectly horizontal, by using a spirit level. Leave no gaps between the components for a professional result.

 

Building the bottom shelf slats

Building the bottom shelf slats

 

Continue the project by cutting the 2×4 slats that will make the bottom shelf. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to make the notches to the slats, as to fit into place properly. Use a circular saw to make parallel cuts inside the marked areas.

Smart Tip: Clean the recess with a chisel and smooth everything with fine-grit sandpaper.

 

Building the bottom shelf

Building the bottom shelf

 

Fit the slats to the bottom shelf and lock them into place using 2 1/2″ screws. Place the slats equally-spaced and drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

Building the tabletop

Building the tabletop

 

Build the countertop out of 3/4″ plywood. Make the cuts with a circular saw and smooth the edges with fine grit sandpaper. Drill a starting holes and make the sink opening using a jigsaw.

Smart Tip: Remember that you need to adjust the size of the opening to suit your needs.

 

Attaching the tabletop

Attaching the tabletop

 

Fit the tabletop to the potting bench, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the plywood component and lock it into place using 1 1/4″ screws. Leave no gaps between the components. Add glue to enhance the bond of the components.

 

Top Shelf

Top Shelf

 

In order to enhance the storage space, we strongly recommend you to build a top shelf to the back legs of the potting bench. Therefore, fit the 2×6 bottom to the top of the legs and lock it into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Pre-drill the slat to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

Building the top shelf

Building the top shelf

 

Fit the 1×6 slats to the back and to the sides of the bottom component, using the information from the diagram. Leave no gaps between the components and lock them together tightly using 1 1/4″ screws and glue.

 

Fitting the cleats

Fitting the cleats

 

In addition, you could create two storage shelves to the bottom of the potting bench. Start by fitting the 2×2 cleats to the legs of the potting bench. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to drill pilot holes before inserting the 2 1/2″ screws into the legs.

Smart Tip: Make sure the cleats are perfectly horizontal before inserting the screws.

 

Fitting the slats to the small shelves

Fitting the slats to the small shelves

 

Next, attach the 1×4 slats to the cleats, in order to build the shelves. Dill pilot holes through the slats before inserting the 1 1/4″ screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

Fitting the sink to the bench

Fitting the sink to the bench

 

Fit the sink to the opening and use silicone to seal the joints. Make sure you cut out a hole in the countertop to fit the tap.

 

Fitting the panels to the back

Fitting the panels to the back

 

If you want to add character to the potting bench, you should fit perforated metal panels to the back of the potting bench. Cut the sheets at the right size and secure them into place using screws. Leave no gaps between the components and align the edges with great care.

 

Potting bench with sink plans

Potting bench with sink plans

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours. Check if there are protruding screws and fix this issue, if necessary.

Smart tip: Apply a few coats of stain or exterior paint to the potting bench, in order to protect them from decay and water damage. Check out the rest of the outdoor furniture plans featured on our website.

 

 

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