This step by step diy woodworking project is about diy bar plans. If you want to learn more about building a basic bar for your garden, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. Work with good judgement and take a close look over the alternatives, as there are many plan sand designs to choose from when building a bar for your home.
Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue t the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
Projects made from these plans
Diy bar plans
- A – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 56″ long, 5 pieces – 17 1/4″ long BASE
- B – 1 pieces of 3/4 plywood – 56″x18 3/4″ long BASE
- C – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 57 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 10 1/4″ long TRIMS
- D – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 16″x34 1/2″ long SIDES
- E – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 54″x34 1/2″ long FACE
- F – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 16″x16″ long, 2 pieces – 16″x19″ long SHELVES
- G – 1 piece of 1×3 lumber – 54″ long, 4 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 32″ long, 4 pieces – 14 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 19″ long TRIMS
- H – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – “x” long, 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – ” long, 2 pieces – ” long COUNTERTOP
Building a bar
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the base of the diy bar. As you can easily notice in the plans, we recommend you to build the frame out of 1×3 lumber and the top out of 3/4″ plywood.
Drill pilot holes along the edges of the plywood sheet and insert the 1 1/4″ screws into the frame. Add waterproof glue to the joints in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure. Check if the corners are square.
Continue the project by attaching the frame of the wooden bar. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the plywood components and secure them to the base with 1 1/4″ screws.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the top supports and secure them to the components with 1 1/4 screws. Makes sure the corners are right-angled and place a spirit level to check if they are horizontal.
Continue the project by attaching the plywood piece to the front of the bar. Drill pilot holes along the edges of the side components and insert the 1 1/4″ screws into the face of the bar. Add glue to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
In order to add storage space to the bar, we recommend you to fit the 3/4″ plywood shelves to the dimensions described in the article and to drill pocket holes along the edges.
Top Tip: Align the components at both ends and secure them to the frame with 1 1/4″ screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure. Make sure the shelves are horizontal.
Add trims to the base of the bar, in order to enhance the look of the woodworking project. Cut both ends of the trims at 45 degrees and lock them together with finishing nails and waterproof glue.
Cut the top trim out of 1×3 lumber, while the rest of the trims should be made out of 1×2 lumber. It is essential to lock all the trims together after drilling pocket holes and inserting the 1 1/4″ screws.
Top Tip: Afterwards, attach the trims to the frame of the bar and secure them into place with waterproof glue and finishing nails. Smooth the trims with sandpaper, if you want to get a professional result.
Building the countertop of the diy bar is a straight-forward process, as you need to glue two pieces of 3/4″ plywood together. Use several clamps to hold the pieces of plywood together.
Top Tip: Center the tabletop to the frame of the wooden bar and lock it into place by using several galvanized screws. Add glue to enhance the rigidity of the frame and leave it to dry out for several hourss.
Add 1×2 trims to the exterior of the countertop in order to enhance the look of the diy bar. Cut both ends of the trims at 45 degrees and lock them to the countertop with finishing nails and waterproof glue. Leave no gaps between the components.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the bar from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Place the bench in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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