How to Make a Mini Bar at Home


A home bar is a useful accessory if you like to entertain. It provides space for liquor and glasses, saving precious cabinet space. It also creates a new atmosphere and is more fun because guests feel like they are out at a bar when in your home. The best part is, a mini bar does not have to be enormous to be useful. A simple mini bar is a project someone with even a limited amount of woodworking experience can handle.

Things You'll Need

  • 8-foot plywood sheet
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Table saw
  • Wood screws
  • Power drill
  • Pilot bit
  • Polyurethane or wood stain
  • Brush
  • 200-grit sand paper
  • Measure and cut two 4-by-2-foot sections of plywood using a table saw.

  • Measure and cut six, 3-inch-by-4-foot sections of plywood using the table saw.

  • Measure and cut three, 2-foot-by-3-foot sections of plywood on the table saw.

  • Drill a row of three pilot holes along the top edge of the two 4-foot sections. Each hole is 1/4 inch from the top and spaced evenly along the length of the board.

  • Drill another row of holes along the bottom edge 3-1/2 inches from the bottom edge. Make each hole evenly spaced. Drill three more pilot holes two feet from the top edge, spaced evenly and in a straight row.

  • Attach one 3-foot section between the two 4-foot boards aligned with each set of holes, and connect them using 2-inch wood screws and the drill. This forms a basic box shape with a middle shelf.

  • Attach one of the 3-inch wide sections of plywood under the top and bottom shelves (the 3-foot sections) along the front and back side using wood screws and a power driver, or adhesive.

  • Attach the remaining two 3-inch sections under the bottom 3-foot section. Drill pilot holes first, if necessary, with a power driver. This acts as a brace and molding for the mini bar.

  • Finish the mini bar using polyurethane or wood stain, letting it dry for four hours. Sand lightly with 200-grit sand paper and apply one more coat of stain or polyurethane.

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