This step by step project is about how to make a lemonade stand. Building a lemonade stand out of wood is easy and it will make your kids happy, by giving them a creative interest. After selecting the right design for your needs and tastes, make sure you involve the kids in the project, as they can provide really good feedback (color scheme, size and so on).
There are several aspects that any person should take into account before starting the woodworking project. First of all, you need to use weather-resistant lumber, such as cedar, pine or redwood. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the components, if you want to lock them together tightly. In addition, add wood glue to the joints and check if the corners are right-angled. Plan everything from the very beginning, if you want to get a professional result.
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Building a lemonade stand
- A – 3 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 48″, 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 10 3/4″ 3xFRAME
- B – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x13 3/4″ SHELVES
- C – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 55″ SUPPORTS
- D – 21 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 19″ SIDES
- E – 1 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 48″ BANNER
- F – 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 49 1/2″ COUNTERTOP
How to Make a Lemonade Stand
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frames for the lemonade stand. As you can easily notice in the woodworking plans, we recommend you to assemble the frames out of 2×2 components.
Take accurate measurements and drill pocket holes at both ends of the short components. Make sure the corners are right-angled and leave no gaps before inserting the 2 1/2″ screws.
The next step of the backyard project is to attach the 3/4″ plywood shelf to the frame, as described in the diagram. Cut the plywood sheet at the right size and smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Top Tip: In addition, we recommend you to make several square holes into the plywood shelves, after marking the cut lines accurately. Drill a starting hole and use a jigsaw to get the job done.
Continue the lemonade stand project by attaching the 2×2 vertical supports to the three frames. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to plumb the supports with a spirit level and to drill pilot holes before securing them to the frames using 2 1/2″ screws.
Use the spirit level to make sure the frames are perfectly horizontal. Leave no gaps between the components and make sure the corners are right-angled.
Next, we recommend you to attach the 1×6 slats to the front face and to the sides of the lemonade stand. As you can easily notice in the plans, you need to place the slats equally spaced, in order to get a symmetrical appearance.
Smooth the cut ends of the slats and drill pilot holes before attaching them to the frames, to prevent the wood form splitting. Insert 1 1/4″ screws, in order to create rigid bonds.
Building the tabletop for the lemonade stand is a straight-forward process, but you need to pay attention to a couple of aspects. As you can easily notice in the plans, we recommend you to attach the 1×6 slats to the frame of the lemonade stand using 1 1/4″ screws.
If you want to move the lemonade stand easily, we strongly recommend you to attach caster wheels to the bottom of the wooden stand. Work with attention and secure the wheels into place using 1 1/4″ screws.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to attach the wooden banner to the top of the supports. Cut the banner out of 1×8 lumber and secure it to the supports using 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure the banner is perfectly horizontal.
Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes with wood putty and let the compound to dry out for several hours. Smooth the surface with medium-grit sandpaper along the wood grain.
Top Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to enhance the look of the lemonade stand and to protect the components from decay. Check out the rest of the project, to how how to build the deck stair rails.
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