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How To Build A Simple Wood Bar – In 16 Easy Steps


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Whether you want a bar to add the finishing touches to your man cave or want to go native with a tiki bar on your back deck, there is lots of good information and a quite a few plans around.

To make a simple wooden bar you’ll need some basic tools and some relatively inexpensive materials. A couple friends and a case of beer won’t hurt either. Here is your step by step guide to building a simple wooden bar that will let you serve it up in style.

16. Get Your Tools Together

Whether you rent, borrow or buy your tools, you will need a table saw with a miter gauge and a rip fence, electric drill/screwdriver, framing square, hammer, chisel and electric sander.

15. Make a Shopping List

If you have some leftover lumber around the house this is a great time to put it to good use. You also have the option of checking out a reused material warehouse for some or all of the supplies that you will need. This can save you a lot of money and giving salvaged material a new life is just the right thing to do.

Here are the major components of the bar and the pieces you will need. All lumber is douglas fir or other readily available softwood dimensioned lumber, unless otherwise stated.

Frames (2)

  • 4 pieces 2X4” – 15” long
  • 4 pieces 2X4” – 48” long

Legs (4)

  • 4 pieces 2X4” – 40” long
  • 4 pieces 2X6” – 40” long


  • 13 pieces 1X4” – 18” long


  • 1 piece 1X2” – 14” long
  • 1 piece 2X4” – 15” long
  • 4 pieces 1X4” – 33-3/4” long

Exterior Cladding

  • 17 pieces 1X4” – 38” long


  • 2 pieces 1X2” – 18” long
  • 2 pieces 1X2” – 14” long
  • 8 pieces 1X4” – 23-1/4” long (Note: can be replaced by 2 X 5/8” plywood pieces 14” X 23-1/4”)

Bar Top

  • 1 X 5/8” plywood piece 21” X 51”
  • 32’ of 1” X 4” hardwood (Note: you can also choose softwood for a less expensive top)
  • 3/8” X 36” hardwood dowel (Note: can also use a 3/8” plug cutter to make your own plugs)


  • 1 pound #6 2-1/2” wood screws
  • 1 pound #6 1” wood screws
  • #6 countersink drill bit (if you don’t already have one)
  • Wood glue
  • Painters tape