Outdoor Potting Bench

It’s attractive enough to be a serving station for outdoor entertaining, but the durable construction makes it tough enough to work well as a potting bench. Plus, its simple design means you can build the bench in a weekend.

The increasing popularity of outdoor living areas is causing homeowners to spend more time outside, whether they’re entertaining or working to improve their yards and landscaping. Since the spaces are used for both work and play, you need hardworking outdoor surfaces that can serve both functions. This combination serving station and potting bench rises to the occasion on both counts—and looks great doing it. It’s rare to find a project that can completely switch functions, but this one does just that. As an outdoor serving station, the bench offers just about everything you need to take your party or family meal outdoors. It has a wide work surface for preparing drinks or appetizers. The lower shelf and the smaller upper shelf provide additional storage space to keep plates and supplies out of the way. The bench works just as hard when you’re using it for potting plants. Its top provides plenty of work space, and the lower shelf keeps other gardening supplies organized. This project strikes a perfect balance between style and function thanks to its practical building materials. The bench’s frame pieces are made of cedar, which works great for outdoor projects because of its resistance to rot. And many of the other components are made from PVC lumber, which is durable and can take a beating from the sun.



What You Get:

  • 6 pages of step-by-step instructions including
  • 20 full-color photos, illustrations and exploded views
  • Materials list and cutting diagram

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