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DIY Wooden Outdoor Bar

how to make an outdoor bar for the backyward

For those of you who follow me on social media, you’ll know two things about me: first, I just graduated with my PhD in Psychology! Second, I built a bar for my graduation party. Go big or go home, right? Luckily, my friends at 84 Lumber partnered with me to help make my graduation dreams come true, and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome! The wood used on this project is gorgeous, and the bar is the talk of the block!  Best part is, I was able to build this guy in less than a week (which is mega impressive considering my crazy schedule)!

Let’s talk some details here…

This post is sponsored by 84 Lumber and contains affiliate links. All opinions, project designs, and backyard celebrations are my own. To read my full disclosure policy, click here.

First, not only am I confident that this bar will withstand the summer rains Mother Nature loves to throw around, but it also contains an awesome amount of storage for future parties.

Also, who wouldn’t want a personal bar in their backyard?

Now, I know the build and the design look a bit scary because it’s a big piece of furniture, but the overall frame is a tutorial that you’ve seen in other projects I’ve done such as my DIY Record Cabinet and DIY Rustic X-Leg Bench. It’s basically a big rectangle with some flair.

And that front design? Well, you’ve seen that in a smaller version on my DIY Yoga Mat Holder.

Easy enough, right? Now that I have you thinking, “I can totally do this”, you can find the free printable plans for this build courtesy of my friends at 84 Lumber by clicking on the image below!

backyard tiki bar

As always, here is a list of some of the life saving items that made this build so much easier!

KREG Foreman Pocket Hole Jig
Outdoor Wood Stain & Sealer in One
Cadex Brand Pin Nailer (for front panel)
Carpenter’s Glue

… also, wine and beer should be on this list as well, since you are building a bar and all. You’ll need to be rewarded once this build is complete. Just saying…

Also, the trick to this build was using wood that was cut and milled really carefully. There was no warping and it needed minimal sanding. Luckily, my local 84 Lumber in Riverhead, NY helped me handpick affordable material for this build with my budget and my readers in mind and they even prepped the wood for me prior to delivery. They were total lifesavers!

how to build a bar

In any event, I hope I’ve inspired someone out there to get out in their backyard and build this bar! It was so fulfilling to hear guests at my party compliment the build and ask me to build them one as well (to which I obviously told them to wait for this post to be published so they can build their own because that’s way more fulfilling).

Want to build this later? Make sure to Pin This project to find the plans later!

backyard bar pinterest

If you build this bar, or any other project on my blog, please show me! Tag your projects to #diyhuntress and #diyhunted on social media! I love seeing what you’re working on!

In the meantime, I hope everyone celebrates something awesome in their lives very soon!

* This post is sponsored by 84 Lumber. Although I am receiving compensation for this post, all opinions and ideas are my own. This post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.




  • Diego Lopes

    This is such a great idea! I’ve never thought about making my own outdoor bar. Thank you so much for the idea, I’m definitely going to make one!

    • Sam Raimondi

      Woo hoo! Hope you’ll share it with me once you’re done!

  • SamE

    This is a really cool idea. I need to suggest it to my wife asap. 🙂 Thanks for the great post, Sam

    • Sam Raimondi

      Hey Sam! Thanks for checking it out! Hope she lets you build one soon! The plans are now available in a print-out PDF. Maybe you can save a copy for later. 😉

  • Viet Anh Auto

    This looks so unique. It’s a great ideal. Thanks for sharing this quality information with us.

    • Sam Raimondi

      Thanks so much!

      • Timothy

        Love the look of this outdoor bar! Really looking forward to building this!

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