One of the most useful items for a deck or patio is a large flat area where you can prepare and serve food, pour hot or cold drinks, and have adequate storage for these tasks close at hand.
This cedar bar is designed to provide you with the convenience of both storage and a work surface at a convenient height. The top of the bar can be separated from the shelving unit for storage if necessary, by removing two screws.
We designed the storage area to accommodate a medium-sized cooler, but the cleats for the shelving can easily be altered to adapt to your particular needs.
What You'll Need
- mitre saw 1347-584
- bench saw 1346-634
- drill 1240-062
- sander 1262-369
- measuring tape 1048-330
- carpenter's square 1070-062
- hammer 1030-308
- #8 screw setter bit 1227-540
- #2 Robertson screwdriver bit 1286-263
- plane 1260-212
- clamps 1023-351 to 356
- 1" x 6" cedar (48 feet)
- 5/4" cedar (42 feet)
- 2" x 4" cedar (32 feet)
- sandpaper 1230-439
- exterior wood glue 2020-850
- 3" deck screws 2183-069
- 11/2" deck screws 2183-023
- finishing/cup washers 2190-024
- exterior wood sealer 1877-847
- 5/16" hardwood buttons 8295-551or wood filler 1626-156
- A frame legs - front and back - (4) 5/4 x 31/2" x 41"
- B frame legs - sides - (4) 5/4 x 31/4" x 41"
- C frame front & back - (4) 2 x 4 x 48"
- D frame sides - (4) 2 x 4 x 15"
- E top frame - (2) 2 x 4 x 31"
- F top frame - (2) 2 x 4 x 531/2"
- G front cladding - end pieces - (2) 1 x 41/2" x 39"
- H front & side cladding - (10) 1 x 6 x 39"
- I floor boards - (8) 1 x 6 x 181/4"
- J brace - (1) 2 x 4 x 15"
- K cleat - floor - (1) 5/4 x 13/4" x 181/4"
- L vertical shelf supports - (2) 5/4 x 6 x 33"
- M mid shelf cleats - (3) 5/4 x 13/4" x 161/2"
- N outer shelf cleats - (3) 5/4 x 13/4" x 18"
- O shelves - (6) 1 x 6 x 22"
- P shelves - (3) 1 x 6 x 243/4"
- Q top boards - (5) 1 x 6 x 501/2"
Cut all the pieces referring to the diagrams.
At all screw locations, use a #8 screw setter bit to countersink the deck screws, and use 11/2" galvanized nails to avoid weather staining of the wood surface. Use exterior wood glue when nailing or screwing components together.
- Build the two end frames. Begin with the corners, using 3" deck screws and glue. Join the sets of corners/legs with the upper and lower frame pieces to complete the end frames. Use a carpenter's square to ensure square corners.
- Complete the bar frame by fastening the front and back frame pieces to the end frames as shown, using 3" deck screws and glue. Clamps may be useful here, as well as a carpenter's square to again check for square corners. Set the bar frame aside to allow the glue to set.
- Build the top outer frame, mitre the corners, and fasten with 3" deck screws and glue. Be sure the frame is square.
- Fasten the cedar cladding to the front and two end sections of the bar frame using 11/2" nails and glue. Plane or cut the rounded edge off the two outer front boards. This will allow for some spacing between the eight front boards, and tight flush corners. Space the two boards for the side sections as shown.
- Fasten the floor boards to the frame using nails and glue. Install the 2" x 4" piece in the upper frame, and the cleat on the floor as shown, then fasten the two vertical shelf support boards to them.
- Install the six additional shelf support cleats using 11/2" deck screws and glue.
- Set the shelf pieces on the cleats. You may wish to alter or add shelves to serve your particular needs or choice of storage.
- Place the five boards into the top frame, and secure with 3" deck screws and glue. Trim or plane the two outer boards on one edge to provide a tight edge with the top frame.
- Sand all surfaces and apply a sealer or wood stain as directed on the container.
- When the sealer is dry, set the bar top on the lower section, and secure with two 3" screws in cup washers as shown.