It is many a man’s dream to one day own a bar, a place at which to get some rest and maybe hang out with friends and family. Whether it’s the finishing touches for your man cave that you’re looking for, or simply going native with a tiki bar on your back deck, you’re going to need some quality information. In order to make a simple wooden bar you’ll need some basic tools and some affordable materials. If you have able-bodied friends by your side, this could turn up an interesting work effort, with a cold one at the other end of the rope.
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Well, no reason to buy extra tools, if you already own those necessary. However, before going out to buy new sets of tools, make yourself aware of the fact that borrowing is always a possibility. In most cases, chances are that you can gather up all the necessary equipment for making a bar from your spectrum of friends. Before going out to buy tools that you haven’t been able to obtain, think about renting – chances are, you won’t be making another bar anytime soon.
Make a Shopping List
If all previous attempts at finding the proper equipment have failed, you’re going to have to tick things off your DIY bar list by buying what you’re missing. If you have some leftover lumber at your place, this is the perfect moment to use it, if not, you can also check out reused material warehouses for the supplies that you’ll need. Not only does using salvaged material p[ay complements to the environment, but it can do a world of good for your pocket. The major components you are looking at are: 2 frames, 4 legs, bottom, divider, exterior cladding, shelves, bar top and your hardware paraphernalia.
Although it truly is relatively simple, building a bar does require following some guidelines. Not to worry, these are easy to understand and relatively simple:
- Assemble the top and bottom frame – Bars are relatively simple – rectangular boxes with one open side, short legs and an oversized top.
- Add 2X4 leg pieces to the frames – Once you’ve assembled the frames, starting with the 2X4s across the joint edges of the frames.
- Add 2X6 leg pieces to the frames – In order to come up with a strong and stable L-shaped leg, you need to overlap the edge of your 2X6 pieces over the joint between the frame and your 2X4s.
- Install the bottom
- Position the vertical divider – The purpose of the vertical divider is to support one side of the shelves.
- Secure the vertical divider
- Exterior cladding – Lay your soon-to-be bar on its back and then lay the exterior cladding pieces out on frame faces, right between the legs.
- Install the shelves
- Secure the bar top base – Do this by positioning the 21” X 51” piece of 5/8 plywood so that the corners become flush with the legs.
- Cut the bar top trim
- Build up your hardwood bar top
- Buy beverages – This step might sound like a joke, but you can’t make a bar without liquor stores. Visit a couple and get the essentials.
Follow these guidelines and your bar will shine in no time. Just make sure to dig into these a bit further online.
Building a simple wood bar can pay a perfect complement to your man cave. Luckily enough, these are cheap and relatively easy to make. All you need to do is set aside a weekend for this quest, get the basics and enjoy a fun building experience with your friends.