Outdoor bar counter

A small balcony often goes hand-in-hand with living in the city. A little creativity is needed to optimize the space. In collaboration with Reno-Depot, I present you my most recent do-it-yourself project. This project is perfect to create a small dining area or to prepare drinks.

Phil Roy
Comedian
Difficulty level : 
Duration : 
6 hours

1
Cut the wood

  • 1.1For the back edge, measure and cut 2'' x 3'' x 8' pine planks with the miter saw:
    • 1x – 2'' x 3'' x 53 ½''
    • 1x – 2'' x 3'' x 49 ½''
    Then, cut a 45-degree angle at one end of the planks.
  • 1.2For the front edge, measure and cut the 1/16'' x 1 1/16'' x 8' pine outside corner mouldings with the miter saw:
    • 2x – 1 1/16'' x 1 1/16'' x 43 ½''
    • 2x – 1 1/16'' x 1 1/16'' x 39 ½''
    Then, cut a 45-degree angle at one end of the mouldings.
  • 1.3For the top, measure and cut the 2'' x 10'' x 8' treated wood with the miter:
    • 1x – 2'' x 10'' x 43 ½''
    • 1x – 2'' x 10'' x 39 ½''
    Then, cut a 45-degree angle at one end of the planks.
  • 1.4For the legs, measure and cut the 4 pieces of 2'' x 4'' x 8' treated wood with the miter:
    • 8x – 2'' x 4'' x 3'
    • 2x – 2'' x 4'' x 10''
  • 1.5For the finishing slats, measure and cut the 3 pieces of 1'' x 6'' x 8' treated wood with the miter saw:
    • 3x –1" x 6" x 43 ½"
    • 3x – 1" x 6" x 39 ½"
  • 1.6For the ends of the counter, measure and cut 2 pieces of wood scraps from 1" x 3" x 8' finishing slats with the miter saw:
    • 2x – 1" x 3" x 12"

2
Assemble the bar counter surface

  • 2.1Create the bar counter front edge by using wood glue, finishing nails and finishing nailer. Assemble the two 43 ½" corner ends on the shorter side of the 2" x 10" x 43 ½" treated wood. Fix a moulding on top and one below the piece. Repeat the step for the 39 ½" pieces.
  • 2.2Create the bar counter back edge by using wood glue, finishing nails and finishing nailer. Aassemble the 2" x 3" x 53 ½" pine plank on the longer side of the 2" x 10" x 43 ½" treated wood. Then, assemble the 2" x 3" x 49 ½" pine plank on the longer side of the 2" x 10" x 39 ½" treated wood. Let the treated wood planks stick out few inches, to create the counter ledge.
  • 2.3Create the bar counter ends by using the drill and a square screwdriver bit #2. Screw the 1" x 3" x 12'' treated wood on both end of the 2" x 10" x 43 ½" and the 2" x 10" x 39 ½" treated wood

3
Assemble the bar counter legs

  • 3.1To assemble the legs at the ends of the bar counter, screw two 2" x 4" x 3' treated wood at the end of each corner of le L-shaped surface. Repeat the step for the second end of the L-shaped surface. To solidify the legs, screw horizontally one 2" x 4" x 10" treated wood, 14 inches from the ground
  • The legs in the middle of the bar counter
  • 3.2To assemble the leg at the exterior corner of the L-shaped surface, screw together two 2" x 4" x 3' treated wood for more stability and resistance. Then, join the two 2" x 10" pieces to form the L-shaped surface. Screw the leg under the outside corner of the L-shaped surface.
  • 3.3To create the leg at the interior corner of the L-shaped surface, srew the last two 2" x 4" x 3' treated wood perpendicularly inside corner of the L-shaped surface, to cover the angle.
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Top tip

Pre-dill the treated wood before screwing, using a 5/32" wood drill bit and screw 1" from the edge to avoid splitting the wood.

4
Finishing the project

  • 4.1Screw the six 1" x 6" treated wood between the two front legs, on each side on the L. Space the pieces equally, to solidify the bar counter.

5
Protect the wood

  • 5.1Stain each piece, making sure to cover the cut marks properly.
Phil Roy
Comedian
Phil is a Quebec humorist and comedian who loves making cheap and simple DIY. You can follow his daily life on his Instagram page.
@philroy

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