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Who’s ready for another #DIHWorkshop project? Today I’m sharing the tutorial for this super fun Outdoor Serving Station. I think it would make a great potting station or an indoor desk for the kiddos too!
Drill with driving bits
-2 x 2, 3/4 inch project panel
-10 foot 1 x 6 pine board
-One-and-a quarter inch nails (for nail gun)
-White outdoor paint
-Four 5/8 inch screws
-Two-inch hook & eye kit
-5 foot jack chain
-Two pack of 3″ utility hinges
-Four 3″ deck screws
-Two 3″ corner braces (2′ x 4′ x 1/2″)
Alrighty, let’s get this party started!
Using a circular saw, cut the one-by-six into two 18-3/4″ pieces, two 22-1/2″ pieces, one 17-1/4″ piece and one 10-7/8 inch piece. Then cut the project panel into a 2-foot by 18″ rectangle.
If you like to paint or stain your project before it’s assembled, now is the time to do so. I prefer to wait until after it’s assembled based on experience.
STEP TWO: Assembling the Box.
Next, create a box using the 22-1/2″ pieces for the top and bottom and the 18-3/4″ pieces for the sides. Check to make sure that the top and bottom pieces fit between the side pieces. lastly, check that the outer measurement are 24 by 18-3/4″ inches, then — being careful to keep the box square — glue and nail each corner together.
STEP THREE: Attach the Divider and Shelf.
The next step is to attach the divider and shelf. Find the center of the box – 12″ across the top and bottom — and insert the board measuring 17-1/4″. Glue it and nail in place.
Now, do the same with the 10-7/8″ board, positioning it horizontally at the 9-3/8″ mark. Again, secure it with wood glue and nails.
STEP FOUR: Attach the Table Top.
Now it’s time to attach the folding top. Stand the box upright, and butt the table top up against the bottom. From there, pull it back about an 1/8 of an inch, leaving just enough of a gap to attach the two 3″ utility hinges.
STEP FIVE: Attach the Chain.
Next up is the drawbridge-style chain. This is the part that will support the table once it’s mounted. With the box and table top still resting on the workbench, cut the chain in half (unless it was cut to size at your local Home Depot). From the outer corners of the table top, measure back two inches and in one inch. Then use two of the 5/8″ screws to attach the chain.
Stretch one side of the chain upward. Make sure it’s nice and taught before attaching it to the inside of the box with another 5/8″ screw. You may ned to cut off some of the excess chain with your pliers.
Repeat the process on the other side.
STEP SIX: Attach the Hook & Eye.
After your chain is securely fastened, it’s time to attach the hook & eye. Close the table top against the box, then screw the eye into the side of the table top and screw the hook into the outside of the box. Measure carefully as you’ll want to make sure that the hook & eye are close enough to attach.
STEP SEVEN: Paint or Stain (not pictured).
I like to paint (or stain) after my project is assembled. This is based on your preferences. I used a white satin outdoor paint and applied 2 coats.
STEP EIGHT: Attach Mounting Plates and Hang (not pictured).
Yay! We’re just about done. Now, attach the two three-inch corner braces to the inside of the top two corners of the box, and use the deck screws to mount it to the wall.
I also added a handle to the front of the serving station for a hand towel and a bottle opener to the side, just for a little extra fun!
PLEASE NOTE: A full bar can be pretty heavy, so be sure to find a stud or hang it on another strong structure.
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