We love spending as much time as we can outside on our deck and patio. Especially now that we have this DIY Pallet Bar to enjoy!
We try to soak up as much outdoor lounging and entertaining as we can. Our deck has been missing one thing though….a bar for relaxed outdoor entertaining!
Recently we amped up the fun factor by adding this beautiful planked DIY Pallet Bar to our deck. We absolutely love it and today I’m sharing the instructions on how you can make one too!
I used these amazing RYOBI 18V One+ system tools to build our pallet bar. The fabulous team over at Ryobi sent me these awesome tools – all opinions and expressions are my own.
This tool system comes with a new and improved Lithium plus battery!! So amazing!!
We designed our DIY pallet bar not only as an area to serve drinks and food but also to hide a lot of spare electrical outlets that we have sticking out in this area of our deck….which we wanted to cover. This is also the reason we ‘planked’ our bar…to hide all of that stuff!
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Here’s how we made it:
Materials list for DIY Pallet Bar:
2 x 36″ long pallet wood
4 x 32.5″ long pallet wood
4 x 6.5″ long pallet wood
10 x 9.5″ long pallet wood
13 x 36.5″ long pallet wood
2 x 36.5″ long pallet wood
White exterior latex paint (you could use interior latex paint if you are using it indoors or stain it too!)
Use safety glasses and hearing protection during all steps!
First remove pallet wood from pallets, using pieces that aren’t heavily cracked or splintered.
Measure all pallet wood pieces using measuring tape and mark correct sizes using carpenter’s pencil and straight edge ruler.
Cut all pallet wood pieces to length on the cut list using circular saw.
Create inner base frame with top and legs:
Create inner base frame top by attaching 2 x 36″ pallet wood pieces to 2 x 6.5″ pallet wood pieces. On each of the 4 ends, place 1 screw 1 1/4 inch from edge and 1 screw 3″ from edge using the
Ryobi One+ 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Starter Drill Kit..Before you add the screws first create pilot holes for the screws using the 11/32 drill bit.
Clamp pieces together.
Attach 4 legs: Using 4 x 32.5″ pallet wood pieces and the drill, attach each of the 4 legs to the top in this way: on each leg use 2 screws that are 1 3/4″ from top and 2 screws that are 3″ from top.
Attach 2 x 6.5″ pallet wood pieces on sides near bottom for support.
Cut 10 pieces of pallet wood 9.5″ long.
Attach with brad nailer.
Butt boards up against each other with no spacing in between in a ‘planked’ style.
Cut 13 pieces of pallet wood 36.5″ long.
Attach to front of bar frame with brad nailer
Butt ends of wood up to each other with no spacing in between in a ‘planked’ style.
Attach 2 pieces of pallet wood 36.5″ long x 5.5″ wide to bar top with brad nailer.
Use 11/32 drill bit for countersinking all screws.
Sand front using 80 grit sandpaper.
Here it is all planked!
Then we gave it two coats of white paint.
We have really been enjoying our beautiful outdoor DIY pallet bar! It’s the perfect spot to serve drinks and snacks on our deck!
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