Outdoor Bar

Bottle Opener Hack

When it comes to serving drinks in style, an outdoor bar is the perfect companion to any deck, patio, or porch.

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.

Once 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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COST:

TIME: 6 Hrs

SKILL:

Outdoor Bar

Materials

  • (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) 1/2 lb box 1 1/4" wood screws + appropriate bit
  • (1) 1/2 lb box 2" wood screws + appropriate bit
  • (1) 1/2 lb box 2 1/2" wood screws + appropriate bit
  • (1) 1/2 lb box 3 1/2" wood screws + appropriate bit
  • Wood shims
  • Preferred wood finish

Cut List

  • A: (6) 5/4 x 6 x 40"
  • B: (13) 5/4 x 6 x 50"
  • F: (4) 5/4 x 6 x 39 1/2"
  • G: (1) 5/4 x 6 x 39 1/2"*
  • H: (3) 5/4 x 6 x 49 1/4"
  • I: (2) 5/4 x 6 x 47 1/2"
  • K: (4) 5/4 x 6 x 52"
  • N: (26) 5/4 x 6 x 23 1/4"
  • D: (4) 2 x 4 x 47 1/2"
  • E: (10) 2 x 4 x 24 1/2"
  • L: (2) 1 x 4 x 21 3/4"*
  • M: (2) 1 x 4 x 53 1/2"*
  • C: (8) 2 x 2 x 26"
  • J: (2) 2 x 2 x 21 3/4"
  • *Requires detail cuts. See page 7 of plan diagrams.

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Miter saw (or chop saw)
  • Table saw
  • Drill/driver
  • Mallet
  • Clamps (two at least 5' long – bar clamp recommended)
  • Combination countersink bit (with 3" long 1/8" bit)
  • Radial sander (or sanding block)
  • Combination square (including level)
  • Damp cloth (optional)
  • Waterproof wood glue (optional)

Bottle Opener Hack

Outdoor Bar Hack

Hack Materials

  • (1) 1x8x8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • Preferred wood finish

Hack Tools

  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Miter saw (or chop saw)
  • Jig saw
  • 1 1/4" hole saw
  • 3/16" drill bit
  • Clamps
  • Drill/driver
  • Radial sander (or sanding blocks)