Practical Potting Bench

  • Advertise with us
Project by Henrik Oscarsson posted 08-06-2012 02:29 PM 3780 views 30 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

View a1Jim's profile


117531 posts in 3874 days

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

Looks like a cool design Henrik,very nice work.

View jaysonic's profile


219 posts in 2439 days

#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!

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

Very interesting design,Henrik.


View helluvawreck's profile


32086 posts in 3163 days

#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.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View dnick's profile


986 posts in 2679 days

#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.

View Karson's profile


35162 posts in 4697 days

#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. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

View Egor's profile


135 posts in 4247 days

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

Very nice. I like the design….

-- Brock, Illinois

View Henrik Oscarsson's profile

Henrik Oscarsson

48 posts in 2618 days

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

Thanks everyone!

i really appreciate your comments!

-- Henrik - Stockholm, Sweden

View CartersWhittling's profile


453 posts in 2971 days

#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

View Bob817's profile


675 posts in 2679 days

#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.

View Sergio's profile


470 posts in 2989 days

#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 - --

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics