This step by step diy woodworking project is about outdoor tiki bar plans. The project features instructions for building a nice wooden tiki bar with a rustic look. The best part of the project is that you can get the job done by yourself with common tools and using even pallet wood. The tiki bar is ideal for your backyard if you like to through parties and to hang out with friends.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
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Tiki Bar Plans
- A – 3 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 44″ long, 3 pieces – 18 1/2″ long 2xFRAME
- B – 3 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 44″ long, 2 pieces – 44″ long FLOOR
- C – 8 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 44″ long, 6 pieces – 40″ long, 9 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 40″ long WALL
- D – 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 28″ long, 5 pieces – 24 1/4″ long, 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 28″ long, 2 pieces – 12 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 3″ long, 1 piece – 51″ long, 1 piece – 27 1/2″ long TABLETOP
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long, 4 pieces – 22″ long RAFTERS
- F – 8 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 51″ long ROOF
Building a tiki bar
The first step of the project is to build the frames for the tiki bar. Cut the 2×2 lumber at the right dimensions. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the short components and secure them to the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are right-angled and align the edges with attention for a professional result.
Attach 1×2 and 1×6 slats to the bottom frame, as shown in the diagram. Place the slats equally-spaced, making sure you leave 1/2″ between the components. Use 1 1/4″ brad nails to secure the slats into place.
Next, you need to attach the slats to the sides of the tiki bar. Use 1×6 and 1×2 slats to build the sides of the structure. Cut the components at the right dimensions and secure them into place using 1 1/4″ brad nails. Place a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the slats to create even gaps.
Continue the project by attaching the slats to the front of the tiki bar. Align the edges with attention before inserting the nails.
As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to attach another frame to the top of the tiki bar. Make sure the corners are square and check of the top frame is perfectly horizontal.
Attach the 1×6 slats to the back of the bar to get the job done.
Use 1×6 slats to build the countertop of the tiki bar. Smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper and center them to the frame of the tiki bar. Use 1 1/4″ brad nails to lock the slats into place and leave no gaps between the components for a professional result.
Pay attention to the overhangs of the countertop. It is essential to align the components with attention, before locking them into place with nails.
Next, we need to attach the 1×2 trims to the tabletop, as shown in the diagram. Attach the trims to the tabletop and secure them into place using 1 1/4″ finishing nails. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
If you want to give your project the authentic tiki bar look, you need to build a simple roof. Build the supports from 2×4 lumber. Drill pocket holes along the bottom of the supports and secure them to the tabletop using 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the supports are plumb and check if the corners are right-angled.
Build the rafters from 2×4 lumber, making sure you cut them at the right size. Cut one end of the rafters at 60 degrees and smooth the edges before locking them to the supports using 2 1/2″ screws.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach the 1×6 slats to the rafters. Center the slats into place and leave no gaps between the components. Drill pilot holes through the slats and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the rafters. You can install shingles to protect the components from decay or apply a few coats of paint.
After assembling the tiki bar, you should fill the gaps and dents with wood putty and smooth everything with sandpaper. Remove the residues with a damp cloth before continuing the project.
Fill the holes and dents with wood putty and let it dry out for several hours. Use 120-200 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. The best part of the project is that you can adjust the size of the otiki bar.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the outdoor tiki bar, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.
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