This step by step diy woodworking project is about 2×4 outdoor bar plans. I have designed this funky bar so you can build one in under a day using just 2x4s. This outdoor bar is sturdy and has a playful unique design. Make sure you take your time before making the cuts, for a professional result. See my other woodworking plans HERE.
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Projects made from these plans
2×4 Outdoor Bar – Free DIY Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 49 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 14 1/2″ long 2xFRAME
- B – 14 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 42″ long, 13 pieces – 40″ long SLATS
- C – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 52 1/2″ long, 5 pieces – 55 1/2″ long TABLETOP
- D – 7 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 16 3/4″ long, 6 pieces – 19″ long, 2 pieces – 17 1/2″ long BOTTOM
It’s that simple to build a 2×4 bar!
How to build an outdoor bar from 2x4s
The first step of the project is to build the frame for the bar. Therefore, you need to use 2×4 lumber and make a few notches, as shown in the diagram. You can use a circular saw or a table saw to make the notches in the slats. You need one slat for each frame. Make parallel cuts inside the slat and then remove the excess with a chisel and sandpaper.
Next, use the same techniques described above to build the other supports for the frames. Build two supports for each frame.
Next, you need to assemble the two identical frames, as shown in the plans. Align the edges with attention and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the 49 1/2″ slats and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components.
Continue the project by attaching the 2×4 slats to the sides of the bar. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and then insert 2 1/2″ screws into the frame.
Next, attach the 2×4 slats to the front of the bar. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the slats into place.
The next step of the project is to attach the 2×4 slats to the bottom of the bar. Cut the slats at 19″ and at 16 3/4″ and then lay them to the bottom frame. Leave no gaps between the slats and then drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws.
You need to make a few cuts to the slats that are placed at both ends of the floor. Use a circular saw to make parallel cuts inside the notches and then remove the excess with a chisel. Smooth the recess with sandpaper.
Next, fit the slats to the top of the bar. Make sure the slats are aligned with the sides. In addition, center the slats to the top of the bar. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly. Leave no gaps between the slats.
Fit the end slats to the top of the bar. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them to the frame.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain to enhance the look of the wood and to protect the components from the elements.
You can customize the bar to suit your needs, by adding a few shelves.
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