YellaWood® Outdoor Building Project Plans

Build an Outdoor Bar

Estimated Cost: $$$$

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Total: 6 hours

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An outdoor bar is the perfect companion to any deck, patio, or porch. It offers a place to store and serve drinks in style.

This project features storage below the counter that includes adjustable shelving and accommodates a 40-gallon cooler. The staggered counter height is ideal for both making drinks and serving guests.

The outside cladding of this piece is built from decking boards that come with a beautiful milled edge for a finished look.

For construction, after the main frame is built, the countertops are installed and the shelving pieces are placed within. In a few short hours, your bar will be ready for years of outdoor enjoyment.

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Outdoor Bar

  • (22) ⁵⁄₄" x 6 x 10' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (4) 2 x 4 x 10' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (2) 1 x 4 x 10' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (3) 2 x 2 x 10' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) ½ lb box 1 ¼" wood screws + appropriate bit
  • (1) ½ lb box 2" wood screws + appropriate bit
  • (1) ½ lb box 2 ½" wood screws + appropriate bit
  • (1) ½ lb box 3 ½" wood screws + appropriate bit
  • Wood shims
  • Preferred wood finish
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  • A: (6) ⁵⁄₄ x 6 x 40"
  • B: (13) ⁵⁄₄ x 6 x 50"
  • F: (4) ⁵⁄₄ x 6 x 39 ½"
  • G: (1) ⁵⁄₄ x 6 x 39 ½"*
  • H: (3) ⁵⁄₄ x 6 x 49 ¼"
  • I: (2) ⁵⁄₄ x 6 x 47 ½"
  • K: (4) ⁵⁄₄ x 6 x 52"
  • N: (26) ⁵⁄₄ x 6 x 23 ¼"
  • D: (4) 2 x 4 x 47 ½"
  • E: (10) 2 x 4 x 24 ½"
  • L: (2) 1 x 4 x 21 ¾"*
  • M: (2) 1 x 4 x 53 ½"*
  • C: (8) 2 x 2 x 26"
  • J: (2) 2 x 2 x 21 ¾"
  • *Requires detail cuts. See page 7 of plan diagrams.
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Miter saw (or chop saw)
Miter saw (or chop saw)
Table saw
Table saw
Driver
Driver
Waterproof wood glue
Waterproof wood glue
Damp rag to wipe up excess glue
Damp rag to wipe up excess glue
Pencil
Pencil
Measuring tape
Measuring tape
Clamps
Clamps
Mallet
Mallet
Radial sander
Radial sander
Combination square
Combination square
Combination countersink bit (with 3" long ⅛" bit)
Combination countersink bit (with 3" long ⅛" bit)
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Keep the party moving anywhere with this simple hack.

  • (1) 1 x 8 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • Preferred wood finish
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Driver
Driver
Miter saw (or chop saw)
Miter saw (or chop saw)
Pencil
Pencil
Measuring tape
Measuring tape
<sup>3</sup>⁄<sub>16</sub>" Drill Bit
316" Drill Bit
Jig saw
Jig saw
Clamps
Clamps
Radial sander
Radial sander
1 ¼" Hole saw
1 ¼" Hole saw
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Instructions

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  1. 1

    Begin by placing three Parts (A) and two Parts (B) on a flat work surface with ¼" spacers placed between them. Place the best board faces facedown on the table.

  2. 2

    Ensuring that the total length of the boards plus spacers equals 27 ¼", block up the bottom edges and secure boards with a clamp.

  3. 3

    Lay a Part (C) 16 ⅛" from the bottom edges. Measure and mark both ends to draw a pencil line.

  4. 4

    Secure Part (C) to the boards with two 2" screws per board.

  5. 5

    Lay the second Part (C) 25 ⅝" from the bottom edges.

  6. 6

    Secure Part (C) to the boards with two 2" screws per board.

  7. 7

    Repeat this step in a mirrored fashion for the other wall.

  8. 8

    To create the two frames, secure two Parts (D) to two Parts (E) with two 2 ½" screws per joint to form a 90-degree rectangle. Use bar clamps to help maintain a square joint as needed.

  9. 9

    Place two Parts (E) inside the rectangle so they are centered and spaced ⅞" apart from each other. Use a mallet if needed. Secure with two 2 ½" screws.

  10. 10

    Build a second rectangle frame identical to the first, and then set the first one aside. For the second frame, place ¼" spacers inside the short ends flat on the table.

  11. 11

    Then, place a Part (E) inside the rectangle's short side on top of the spacers. These will lift the 2x4s a bit so that, when flipped, they are the main feet for the unit.

  12. 12

    Repeat this on the other short end and secure to the frame with two 2 ½" screws.

  13. 13

    Next, flip the second frame on the work surface and attach the side walls using four 3 ½" screws per board.

  14. 14

    Once the bottom frame is attached to the side walls, place the unit on the ground and secure the top frame so it is flush with the lower part of the side walls. Use clamps as needed, and attach with 3 ½" screws.

  15. 15

    Continue securing the top frame until all boards are joined.

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  1. 16

    Attach the first Parts (B) to either end of the bar, securing from the frame side if visible screw heads are not desired. Use four 2" screws per board.

  2. 17

    Flip assembly if desired and evenly space the remaining Parts (B) and attach to both frames. The spacing should be close to ¼", but measure your stock.

  3. 18

    Drop in Parts (F) and (G) in between the center of the frames. Note that Part (G) is ripped so that it will fit easily within the middle frame. It is placed at the back of the middle wall.

  4. 19

    Use ¼" spacers at the top and bottom.

  5. 20

    Secure with 2" screws at the top.

  6. 21

    Finish by securing the bottoms of Parts (F) and (G) to the bottom frame.

  7. 22

    Place a Part (H) on the top surface and secure with 2" screws after ensuring it is flush on all edges.

  8. 23

    Matching the spacing of the side walls below, attach the remaining Parts (H).

  9. 24

    Secure Parts (I) to complete the countertop. Once complete, check that the bar is level on the ground. Use shims under the protruding 2x4s on the base frame as needed.

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  1. 25

    Using a level, place a Part (N) perpendicularly on top of a Part (C), and move Part (C) up and down until the level bubble is in the middle. Mark a line above Part (C) with a pencil.

  2. 26

    Using the line as a guide, clamp and secure Part (C) to the middle wall using two 2" screws per board.

  3. 27

    Repeat Steps 25-26 for the upper Part (C), and then place another Part (C) on top of both secured pieces and pencil-mark screw hole guides in between the ones you made.

  4. 28

    Using the marks as guides, secure the opposite Parts (C) so that they avoid the screws on the other side. Use the same method of finding level to its mirrored side with a spare Part (N).

  5. 29

    Add support Parts (J) to the outside of Parts (B) with two 2" screws per board.

  6. 30

    Repeat Step 29 on the other side of the bar.

  7. 31

    Next, place Parts (K) on the very top of the bar.

  8. 32

    Attach the first and last board with two 1 ¼" screws per board, avoiding the screws perpendicular in the support pieces.

  9. 33

    Evenly space the remaining boards and attach.

  10. 34

    Attach apron Parts (M) and (L) to the outside edges with two 1¼" screws vertically placed to complete the bar top.

  11. 35

    Fill in the bottom of the bar storage with Parts (N), and choose the shelves you'd like to have available. Some space can be left open if a cooler is desired to be placed on the bottom shelf.

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  1. 36

    Ease any sharp edges using a radial sander or sanding block with medium grit. Apply preferred finish to the wood.