Outdoor Living Spaces

Build a Hanging Outdoor Bar

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

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Add the Bar Front Slats

Flip the rectangle over. At the end with two 2x4s, attach with nails one of the split 38-1/2" pieces first with the cut facing the edge of the rectangle. Attach with nails one of the whole 38-1/2" pieces right next to it.

Beginning from the far left edge, attach with nails the 13-1/4" slats perpendicular to the long pieces you've just attached. Stop after 6 pieces. Begin working from the other outer edge and work toward the center. If the final gap is smaller than one of the slats, you may have to trim one down a bit. Repeat for the other 17-1/2" by 38-1/2" rectangle. Set aside.

Build the Stemware Rack

Cut one of the pieces of paint stirrer in half lengthwise. Cut one piece of the 3-1/2" slat in half lengthwise. Set aside.

Place one piece of cut paint stirrer in the center of a 36" board. Apply wood glue to it and secure it with one nail in the center.

Measure 3 inches from the edge of the newly-attached strip. Secure the next paint stirrer strip there and continue in that fashion until your reach the board's end. Secure one of the halves of cut paint stirrer at each end flush with the end of the 2x4. Repeat for the opposite side of the center piece.

Center a piece of the 3-1/2" slat over each of the cut paint stirrer pieces. Attach with glue and one nail at each end. Use the halved slats at the ends of each 2x4, with the cut side flush with end of the lumber.

Build the Shelves and Back

Now it's time to build the body of the bar. Lay the stemware rack on its smallest edge at the top of the rectangle, and another 36" board at the bottom. Place two 36” boards on the outside of the top and bottom boards, creating a rectangle. It should measure 36"x39". Secure these in place with two 3-1/2" wood screws at each joint.

Arrange another 2x4 12-1/4" from the bottom and attach. Attach the last 2x4 6 inches above that.

Flip the shelves over and begin attaching the 36" slats vertically. Place a nail at each 2x4, covering the entire back.

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