Build a Hanging Outdoor Bar
Transform wooden packing pallets into a hanging outdoor bar complete with a fold-up shelf.
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- 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.)
- hand planer (for evening where necessary)
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.
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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