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This DIY mini bar is my personal masterpiece! I did not follow a tutorial or previous project. I completely winged it and it turned out exactly how I envisioned!
I get all of my wood from Home Depot. They are amazing there! Always willing to help. They will even cut your wood for you if you go to the store with your measurements handy.
The inspiration behind this project was my brother. He was moving away to college and asked me if I would make him a mini bar. I had never made one before but I said of course! I will never turn down a good challenge. He showed me a picture of what he wanted and it hit it pretty spot on.
Here was his inspiration…
*I apologize in advance for any confusion in directions. I winged this entire project. So you will need to adjust the measurements accordingly to how you want it.
1×5 Pinewood (6 40 in and 6 20 in)
2×4 Pinewood (4 38 in and 4 20 in approximately)
2 side armrest boards (measurements and size of your choice) See step 4 for more details
1 top board for the front of the bar (measurements and size of your choice) See step 5 for more details
2 1/2 in screws
1 1/2 in screws
Wood Stain of your choice (I used Minwax Special Walnut)
Polycrylic Top Coat
*These are rough measurements. You will need to adjust measurements accordingly.
*Sorry, I do not have step by step pictures. But I will explain in detail as best I can.
Sand all of the pieces of wood.
Make sure to get sharp edges smooth.
*Picture above is displaying step 1 completed and laying on the front side of the bar. Dismiss the piece of wood sticking up in the air until step 3.
You are going to start by building the front of the bar.
Lay 2 38 in 2×4 boards down. Just like in the picture above.
Grab 6 40 in 1×5 boards.
You will need your drill and 2 1/2 in screws.
Lay all of the 1×5 in boards across the 2×4’s as pictured above. Space them out however you prefer.
With your drill, you are going to drill the 1×5 boards into the 2×4’s. You should use at least 2 screws on each side and per board.
Continue, this process until you have screwed in the 6 1×5 boards into the 2×4’s.
Next, you are going to drill the 1×2 down the middle of all of the boards using the 1 1/2 in screws.
When you are finished it should look like the picture above.
*The board circled in the picture above is how step 3 should look.
*This step can be tricky if you are doing it alone. It is best to have a second person.
Grab all of the 20 in 1×5 boards.
Place 6 boards on each side.
One board at a time you will begin drilling the 1×5’s into the side of the 2×4. Use at least 2 screws on each board.
Repeat this process until all boards on both sides are drilling in.
Keep in mind to space the boards out.
When you are finished the bar should like the picture above except all of the boards on both sides will be drilled in place and sticking up in the air.
*Displayed in the picture above is the back of the bar. Ignore the boards that are not circled until step 5
At this point, you should be able to stand your mini bar upwards just as in the picture.
Grab the last 2 38 in 2×4 boards.
One side at a time, position the 2×4 at the end of the 1×5’s as shown above.
Drill each end into the side of the 2×4 using at least 2 screws on each board.
Repeat this process for the opposite side.
When you are finished, the boards should look as circled in the picture.
*In this step you will be drilling in the armrests on each side of the bar as pictured above.
It is up to your discretion what size boards you would like on top of your bar. As well as the length.
I used 1×6 boards for the side armrests.
I made them about 25in long so I had a solid foundation to drill the top board for the front of the bar.
One side at a time, place the side armrest from one end of the 2×4 to the other end.
Make sure the armrest board is properly aligned so there is no overflow on the inside of the bar (as shown above).
When it is aligned drill in place.
Repeat this process on the opposite armrest.
When you are finished the armrests should look like the ones circled in the picture.
*Picture above displays the top board for the front of the bar
Align the board of your choice on top of the armrest boards. (Remember we made them longer in length for this step)
On the bar that I made, I chose a 1×8 board in about 46 in length.
I had it hang off the edge a little bit to give it a nicer look (But this is to your preference).
Drill each end of the board into the armrest boards that it is laying on top of. Use at least 2-3 screws on each side.
When you are finished your top shelf should be on as displayed above.
This is where your Kreg jig will come in handy.
Grab 4 2x4s (of your measurements) for your inner shelves.
You are going to use the Kreg jig to drill 2 holes at the ends of each board. These are the holes that your screw will go into, to screw the 2×4 shelves into the 2×4 legs.
The 2×4’s are going to be the foundation for your shelves.
Once you have finished drilling holes into your 2×4’s, align them where you would like your shelves to be.
When you have them in place, begin drilling them in.
Repeat this process for all 4 boards.
When you are finished you should be able to lay the shelf boards right on top without them falling down.
Now, you will lay your shelf boards down onto the 2×4 foundations.
When you have all of the boards in place it should look like the picture above.
To eliminate seeing screws on the shelves, you are going to screw the boards in from underneath.
Use at least 2 screws on each board and each end.
Once you are finished drilling your boards down you will probably notice a slight gap.
This is where you will use 4 of the 2×2 boards (With your measurements).
You will need the Kreg jig again to drill holes at each end of each board.
This time you will only need 1 hole because they aren’t wide enough for 2.
Once you are finished drilling the holes, place the boards in the gaps one by one.
Drill from underneath again.
When you are finished with this step you are done building your bar.
Now, it is time to stain! (color of your choice)
Depending on how light of a stain you choose, you may need to do 2 coats.
Let the stain dry.
When it is finished seal the entire bar with a sealant coat.
CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE FINISHED! I HOPE YOU ENJOY!