How to build a bar table

This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build a bar table. Building a bar table would complement your patio in a beautiful manner, especially if you already have several nice chairs. There are many designs you can choose from when building the table, so don’t forget to take a look at the rest of the woodworking furniture projects described on this site.

There are several aspects that you should pay attention to when building the bar table, especially if you don’t have a large experience in the woodworking field. First of all, we recommend you to adjust the size and the design of the table to suit your needs. Choose weather-resistant lumber if you are going to place the table outdoor. Cedar, pine and redwood are excellent choices, as they also have a nice natural finish.

Work with attention and make sure you gather all the tools and materials from the very beginning. Although making this table is not the most challenging woodworking project, you still have to be pro-active and take every step of the project at a time. Last but not least, we recommend you to take a look over the related projects, as there are many option you can choose from when building the table.

 

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Bar table plans

Building a bar table

Building a bar table

 

Materials

  • A – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 42” long LEGS
  • B – 4 pieces of 2×2 – 21″ long, 1 piece – 22 1/2″ long FRAME
  • C – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 45″ long SUPPORT
  • D – 1 pieces of 3/4″ pine – 24″x48″ long TOP

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
  • Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface

 

Time

  • One Day

 

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Building a bar table

Building the side frames

Building the side frames

 

The first step of the project is to build the side frames of the table. As you can easily notice in the image, we recommend you to build the legs and the supports out of 2×2 lumber. Make sure you drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports before locking them to the wooden legs.

 

Fitting the supports

Fitting the supports

 

The next step of the project is to lock the two sides of the table by fitting a 2×2 stretcher as shown in the image. Plumb the sides of the table with a spirit level before drilling pocket holes and inserting the galvanized screws into place. Align everything at both ends, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner.

 

Attaching the approns

Attaching the approns

 

Building the frame of the tabletop is a straight forward job if you use proper tools and plans. Therefore, attach 1×4 aprons to both sides of the table, as well as a middle support. Check if the corners are right-angled by using a carpentry square after fitting each component.

 

Attaching the tabletop

Attaching the tabletop

 

One of the last steps of the project is to attach the tabletop. The easiest way to get the job done is to use a 24″x48″ pine panel. Align the panel on all edges and lock it into place with several screws. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert the screws into the wooden panel.

 

Bar table plans

Bar table plans

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues. Round the edges with fine-grit sandpaper.

Smart Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the bar table.

 

 

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