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
What You Need
- 24″ x 24″, 3/4″ wood project panel
- 10′ long 1×6 pine board
- Nailer with 1 1/4″ nails
- Wood glue
- 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)
- Circular saw
- Drill with driving bits (and masonry bits if you want to attach your serving station to brick)
- Safety goggles
- Tape measure
- Paint brush
- 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.
- Then cut the project panel into a 2-foot by 18-inch rectangle.
- 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).
- Simply cut one notch on each side at the top to fit the size corner braces that you purchased
- 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.
- 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.
- We then attached the divider and the shelf on the inside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Then attach a hook and eye – we actually did one on both sides because our package came with two.
- 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.
- 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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