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Build a Hanging Outdoor Bar

Transform wooden packing pallets into a hanging outdoor bar complete with a fold-up shelf.

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Materials Needed:

  • 8-10 wood pallets (Note: You may have to take apart extra pallets to find enough quality wood.)
  • 2 1"x8"x8" pieces lumber
  • 2 large paint stirrers
  • wood glue
  • 3-1/2" wood screws
  • 12 sure-ties
  • 150 1-1/2" nails
  • 2 piano hinges (36" or cut down from 38" with hacksaw if no 36" ones are available)
  • 2 slide bolts
  • 3 feet 30-40 lb. chain
  • 2 2" screws
  • 2 bolts with nuts
  • 6 washers
  • table saw (You could also do cuts with a jig saw or circular saw.)
  • hammer
  • screwdriver
  • drill
  • hand planer (for evening where necessary)

Disassemble Pallets

Turn pallet over and cut bottom slats with a jigsaw close to the sides. This will make removing it from the center board much easier. Then, you can remove the top slats from the back side with a hammer. Remove all nails and discard.

Cut List

Once the pallets are disassembled, it's time to cut the pieces for the bar.

To construct the back of the bar, cut the following sizes:
8 2"x4"x36" pieces
6 2"x4"x31-1/2" pieces
4 2"x4"x17-3/4" pieces

To construct bar slats, cut the following sizes:
14 36" pieces
3 38-1/2" pieces (one cut in half lengthwise)
28 13-1/4" pieces
8 3-1/2" pieces

Build the Base of the Bar Front

Arrange by lying flat three of the 31-1/2" 2x4 boards inside of two 17-3/4" 2x4 boards to make a rectangle. Two of the longer boards should be together, as pictured. Secure each of the six joints with a sure-tie. Repeat for the other set of 31-1/2" and 17-3/4" 2x4 boards.

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