Build a Hanging Outdoor Bar
Transform wooden packing pallets into a hanging outdoor bar complete with a fold-up shelf.
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Assemble the Bar
Lay the two smaller bar rectangles back to back on a flat surface. The edges with the long 38-1/2" slats cut in half should be mirroring each other. Attach one piano hinge in the center of the two pieces.
Lay the folding piece you just made on top of the shelves. Using the other piano hinge attach the folding door/bar to the bottom of the shelves.
Cut the 1"x8" boards to create a three-sided frame. The measurements will depend on whether you plan to miter the corners or just butt the joint together. No framing goes on the bottom, as that will need clearance for swinging open.
Attach the 1"x8" board flush with the back edge of the 2x4 and not the very back edge of the slat backing. It should stick out about 4-1/2” past the front edge of the shelves.
With the shelves lying horizontally, fold the door in place. Attach slide bolts to either side of the top of the door, approximately 2 inches from the top. Push the bolt against the frame and mark with a pencil where it hits. Use a drill to make a hole here, but do not drill through the frame.
Open the door and prop up as if to make the bar. It will be vertical. Attach one end of chain to the inside of the frame with a bolt, washer and nut. Attach the other end of the chain to the front most edge of the side of the bottom half of the bar. Repeat for the other side.
Dry brush the entire project with the paint color of your choice.
Hanging the Bar
Use wood screws and washers to attach directly to studs in your outdoor walls.
Make cleats by cutting two of the 36" boards in half lengthwise at a 45 degree angle. Half of the cleat gets attached to the back of the bar with the point facing down. The other half gets attached to the wall with the point facing up. You will need several screws into both the back of the bar and the wall. It is best to secure some of the screws into a stud for extra support.
Tip: The finished project is quite heavy. Get help as needed with lifting and attaching.
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