DIY | How to Build a Potting Bench / Work Bench | Official Video

DIY | How to Build a Potting Bench / Work Bench | Official Video

This “How To” -DIY video tutorial will show you step by step instructions on how to easily make a potting bench / work bench. Please Subscribe, Like and share this project!
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I “Patrick” would love to hear your comments and even see pictures (by going to my website and clicking my email address) of your potting bench. Thanks for watching.

50 Comments

  1. EpicRaf on November 11, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Whats wrong with this drill? Looks like it’s struggling 😕

  2. Dr. John and Yvonne Wagner on November 11, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Thank you for the video. Excellent quality! Great shopping and cut list. I watched many potting bench videos before deciding to use yours. I’m almost done building the bench. Just have to secure the bottom shelf boards (last step for me), then sanding. I made a few modifications for my bench. One of which is using the entire length of the 4x4x8 which made the height of the small shelf at 5′ high in stead of 4′. And I dropped the bottom shelf to just 4" off the ground to give me less leg and more height between the bottom and top shelf. And, I put 1x4s across the back to give me a place to hang small hand gardening tools. Thanks again. I was just wondering, why did you cut the front boards at the bottom to 45 degree angles? Simply for esthetics or was there a reason? I left mine square. Although my bench will be sitting on concrete, in a place where water is no issue, I took your suggestion and added the rubber feet on the bottom of the legs.

  3. K G on November 11, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Great video and great bench. I built this Unit 12 inches smaller to fit my space and it is perfect! Your instructions were easy to follow and I learned a lot! Thanks!

  4. Roy Jones on November 11, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    I love this project and I’m going to do it. I’ve had a really hard time finding the deck boards her in SoCal. Going to have to improvise.

  5. John B on November 11, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Nice saw horses

  6. kim jones on November 11, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks for the video! I made this to your specs last fall with mostly reclaimed wood from my deck replacement and a few odd pieces I had from other projects. I only needed to buy the 4x4s and a couple of the 5/4 boards for the table top. I even stained it with leftover deck stain. It’s very sturdy and just what I wanted. I had a ton of compliments on it, so I shared your video! I’m shorter than you, so I’m going to tip it on its front then back to trim off the bottom 4-5" of the legs and make it better for my height. It’s pretty heavy, but I was able to move it around by myself and level it perfectly where I wanted it. I may move it later, but it’s done and very sturdy, and it’s been doing the work for several months now!! Thanks again for such a great video!!

  7. OGmaster8 on November 11, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Thank you so much for your video. Love your bonsai as well – Perhaps one day there will be a video and instructions for the bonsai benches!

  8. Dan Cullinane on November 11, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    How much does it weigh? Nice work.

  9. louinwy1 on November 11, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    How much does this bad boy weigh?? Takes two men move it?

  10. Sedonia Dragotta on November 11, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Brilliant x

  11. Kevin Zari on November 11, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    This is a great video. Is there any reason not to use a miter saw ?

  12. Michael Lovetere on November 11, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    A nice stain wouldn’t hurt….

  13. Cowboy on November 11, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you Sir you for your detailed instructions so precise even with drilling for screws I wish there were more wood worker who could do the same .love your videos keep up the good work it like having your favorite woodworking instructor on the net Thank you once again.

  14. Beatriz Boggs on November 11, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    excellent

  15. DrDoge on November 11, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Lumber prices are so expensive right now. Especially these decking boards and 4×4.

  16. Jeffrey Geddes on November 11, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Awesome video! Thanks!

  17. GSimon850 on November 11, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Many thanks for sharing this.

  18. james on November 11, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    I know you are a pro, so things are always easier the more you do them, but I was wondering why you didn’t use a level and for that matter glue? I am always worried they (whatever they are) aren’t going to be leve.
    Thanks!

  19. Monika Choinska-Powell on November 11, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I will be building this come summer, but want to use composite boards for top and bottom shelves. I will only do a table, without the third top shelf. Any tips on using the composite material? I want this to be multipurpose; store firewood on the bottom shelf and use table top for gardening etc.

  20. 231gareth231 on November 11, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Can I come live with you, I’ll be your garden boy !

  21. CCRider on November 11, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Just finished making this. This was probably the best woodworking instructional video I’ve seen, thanks for all the detail and step-by-step guide! I made it by playing it step by step and pausing the video – about 1,000 times. : ) Also, the shopping list and cut list were super helpful. I did end up using only 1×6’s for all three flat surfaces, instead of 1×4’s on the top. Also, Home Depot hadn’t even heard of “5/4 deck boards” but the 1×6’s seem fine. Next I think I’ll put some water proofing on it.

  22. Gina Gilbert on November 11, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    That was excellent, thanks!

  23. Brandy Thomas on November 11, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! We followed your instructions and was able to make this fantastic potting bench in one afternoon.

  24. UnoStarAngler on November 11, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Great video Patrick! Thank you for sharing! I will build this for repotting my bonsai. Have you made bonsai stands or benches before? Would love to see a tutorial on that! Take care. 🙏🏼

  25. Peter Alvarez on November 11, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Wow That’s for the plans they worked to the tee and your tutorial was awesome the bench cam out great evening loved it. I went a step further and installs it on casters.

  26. Myron Post on November 11, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Excellent video, and like others I spent many hours reviewing the video. The plans were easy to follow and the purchasing list as well as the cutting list were extremely helpful. I pulled out my 30 year old plus Craftsman Chop saw instead of using the power saw. I purchased new countersinks, and a orbital sander. I had some assistance carrying the lumber and setting up. As I am in southwest Florida, it wasn’t possible to work a full day due to the heat and the eventual rain. I did modify the bench. rather than making the 45 degree cut for the bottom supports, I simply made butt joints. I used my belt sander to round off the edges. I still need to do some additional sanding, but the rain has prevented that. I also used wood filler for the splits and for some errant predrilled holes. Lastly, I am 84 years old, and if I was able to complete this project, anyone can do it. The potting bench is extremely strong, and very, very heavy especially if you are using pressure treated lumber. Thank you again, for your concise well-thought out plans and video.

  27. AlreyExJW on November 11, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    I followed your instructions and it came out perfect!

  28. Lord Richard on November 11, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    I really like how you did the video. Has the norm Abrams new yankee workshop kind of feel to it. Since you’re showing the finished piece and explaining details in between clips of you making it

  29. Brant Thompson on November 11, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Thank you, awesome video! I just subscribed to your channel. I really appreciate the detailed instructions and nothing was left out. Just completed the project and sanding everything down real nice. One question, and this goes for any pressure treated wood, how long do you normally wait before you apply stain? Thanks

  30. Adrian Evans on November 11, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Great video which has inspired to make one of my own. The tips in the method really speed things up! One thing I added a back board to the design from the table half way up to the top shelf so potting compost doesn’t fall down the back.

  31. mike falasca on November 11, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Why didn’t you use 5/4 boards for the top shelf ?

  32. brett widenhouse on November 11, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Just made this for my wife’s birthday.
    Excellent instructions.
    Thanks

  33. Kitty’s Cannable Kitchen on November 11, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Great video, Patrick! The tutorial was great and I appreciated you explaining tool usage. I don’t have all the gadgets, but have put them on my birthday and Christmas wish list. I am substituting wood for up cycled stuff I have on hand. I am physically handicapped, so having a tutorial that makes things easier and organized makes you my new favorite craftsman! I hope to have this project finished in a couple of days and will let you know how I fared!

  34. Ed Goode on November 11, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Why did you not leave a space between the table top deckboards for water to run off?

  35. Charlie Sierra on November 11, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Well done

  36. Paul Nelson on November 11, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks Patrick. Easy to follow. Made mine in a day. Love it

  37. Holly Boyter on November 11, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    I finished my bench tonight and love it! This was my first woodworking project and your step-by-step instruction was easy to follow. I’m excited to pick my next project now! Thanks so much!!

  38. Loti Kantor on November 11, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you Sir for this video,I will be making this on my next day off.

  39. dsassy2000 on November 11, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    My son just finished my potting table. I LOVE IT. Thank you.

  40. Max Nassar on November 11, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    this dude made the best video of all time and then dipped

  41. P-O on November 11, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    This is truly "Masterclass" of how a DIY video should be made!
    Greetings from Sweden
    P.s.
    (really handy and thoughtful of you having included the metric figures in the project details!)

  42. Elizabeth Walker on November 11, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    I want to make something like this, but gosh wood is expensive

  43. Plen122 on November 11, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    I just found this, thank you! But you know, if you don’t have the jigsaw you could just cut a smaller deck board for the back row, or make the top entirely flat, and then attach a shelf separately on top. But I like the strength of the 4x4s in the back for the shelf

  44. Jerry Witman on November 11, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    I just finished building one of these. We are using it to hold our Aquaponics System and it is EXTREMELY durable. This will hold our fish tanks for years!
    Here is my feedback on the build.
    Parts list and cut dimensions were perfect! I was able to give the list to the gentleman in the lumber section of Lowes and he easily pulled the wood and cut everything but the 4×4 posts and the 45 degree angles. But there is plenty of remnants on the 2x4s to leave a bit extra so I could cut them at home.
    The assembly order was tedious. In hindsight I would have preferred to build the sides first and then working my way up. Putting the top on first and then the bottom rails wasn’t ideal. But everything went together as shown in the video. I built mine as shown in the video.
    The only two modifications we made was the back piece of the top section split when we tried to put it in places. So I just cut the ends flush and screwed it down. The second modification was a 4" hole was drilled through the top on the right side to allow the plumbing of the top grow bed to drip down into the bottom fish tank. The 6" board are still very stable since I only took 2" from the two center boards.
    I would recommend having a door or trap on the top right side of the table to allow people to put a grate or screen on the table for potting. It’s a simple mod and I might do that on my next build. Oh yeah, I will be building at least two more of these if not three. They are perfect work benches!
    Thanks for the plans, great job!

  45. Michael Pennington on November 11, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you Patrick. I made this potting bench by following your instructions, and it came out beautifully. I hope you can make some more videos in the future : ) All the best and thank you again.

  46. Holly Boyter on November 11, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    I finished my bench tonight and love it! This was my first woodworking project and your step-by-step instruction was easy to follow. I’m excited to pick my next project now! Thanks so much!!

  47. S R Garcia on November 11, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Great job on the video and the plans. Great inspiration. I adjusted mine on the width and kept the depth. Now to sand and stain. Thanks Again !!!

  48. Josh on November 11, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    at todays prices this is an $8000 bench

  49. Sean Campbell on November 11, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    Amazing video! Thanks for the attention to detail and easy to follow directions 👍

  50. Dana Rouleau on November 11, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    Ah yes, back when you could actually get 5/4×6 decking

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