How To Build an Outdoor Bar Cart

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If you're looking for a weekend project, know your way around power tools, and are in need of a spiffy outdoor bar cart (or "mixology station" as hardcore enthusiasts call it) for an upcoming summer soirée, why not try your hand at making one yourself? This Old House shows you how to make a mobile bar cart that's tough enough to withstand all weather, has a removable top tray for easy serving, and can be taken apart (almost) as easily as it was put together.

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Supplies You'll Need

  • 1x2 cedar for the cart's legs and the ledges for the trays. Buy 22 feet.
  • 1x3 cedar for the trays and bottle rack. Buy 30 feet.
  • 1x4 cedar for the tall sides of the top tray and bottle rack. Buy 6 feet.
  • 2x deck pickets of cedar or treated lumber to make the crosspieces that support the removable top tray.
  • paint can to trace the shape of the handles for the top tray.
  • wood glue
  • 1-inch hardwood dowel
  • ½-inch-long brass insert nuts, ¼-20 size
  • 40-millimeter-long hex-head connector bolts, ¼-20 size
  • 1½ inch stainless-steel screws
  • 5⁄8-inch aluminum screw posts
  • set of two 9-inch wheels with axle, cotter pins, and axle caps

Tools You'll Need

  • miter saw
  • jigsaw to cut handles for the top tray
  • pneumatic brad nail gun with 1 3⁄8-inch brad nails
  • wood chisel to clean up notch cuts
  • drill/driver with various bits
  • large flathead screwdriver
  • hex key sized to the hex-head connector bolts
  • 120-grit sandpaper and block wood file

Think you can handle it?

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