DIY Outdoor Serving Station
Nora Taylor
Apr 13, 2016
(Image credit: Submitted by Amy)

If you're looking to add something to your outdoor space and don't necessarily have a green thumb, allow me to point you in the direction of this super cute serving station.

Skill Level: Moderate
Time Required: A few hours
Project Cost: Under $100

(Image credit: Submitted by Amy)
(Image credit: Submitted by Amy)

What You Need

Materials

  • 24″ x 24″, 3/4″ wood project panel
  • 10′ long 1×6 pine board
  • Nailer with 1 1/4″ nails
  • Wood glue
  • Stain
  • Four 5/8″ screws
  • 2″ hook & eye kit
  • Five foot jack chain and pliers
  • Two-pack of 3″ utility hinges
  • Four 3″ deck screws
  • Two 3″ corner braces (approximately 2″ x 4″ x 1/2″)
  • 1/4″ thick project panel for the back (this is optional)

Tools

  • Circular saw
  • Level
  • Drill with driving bits (and masonry bits if you want to attach your serving station to brick)
  • Safety goggles
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Paint brush
  • Gloves
(Image credit: Submitted by Amy)


Instructions

  1. Using a circular saw, cut the one-by-six into two 18 /43 inch pieces, two 22 1/2 inch pieces, one 17 1/4 inch piece, and one 10 7/8 inch piece.
  2. Then cut the project panel into a 2-foot by 18-inch rectangle.
  3. We decided to add our own personal touch to the project by putting a back on the outdoor station (that is the 2 foot x 2 foot 1/4″ board).
  4. Simply cut one notch on each side at the top to fit the size corner braces that you purchased
  5. You are then going to sand and stain your wood. I’ve always found the easy way to stain is to brush it on and wipe off the excess with a cloth. Let everything dry.
  6. Create the box using the 22 1/2 inch pieces for the top and bottom, and the 18 3/4 inch pieces for the sides. Double check to make sure everything fits . . . then glue and nail gun it together. Our variation required stapling the back to the box.
  7. We then attached the divider and the shelf on the inside.
  8. Find the center of the box and insert the board measuring 17 1/4 inches – glue and nail it in place. Do the same with the 10 7/8 inch board – positioning it horizontally at the 9 3/8 inch mark. Secure it with the glue and nails.
  9. Attach the folding top using the hinges (set it upright on a table to make sure everything is even). Make sure to leave about an 1/8 inch gap so the hinges can easily fold when attached.
  10. Cut the chain in half and attach on both sides using the 5/8 inch screws. Make sure that you measure correctly so that the chain is attached in the same location on both sides – both on the station and on the door.
  11. Then attach a hook and eye – we actually did one on both sides because our package came with two.
  12. Then we added the corner braces. If you don’t have a back, it’s easy – but even if you do have a back, it’s still easy! If you measured, you should have plenty of room for your corner braces, on both sides.
  13. Use the deck screws to mount to the wall (be sure to find a stud). If you drill into brick, use a masonry bit.

Thanks, Amy! For more photos head on over to Amy's blog Mod Podge Rocks!

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