Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. All opinions are my own.
I’m looking forward to hosting the Do-It Herself Workshop at The Home Depot in Charlotte on this Thursday, June 18, where we will be learning to build an outdoor serving station! (Details on that appearance here.) Today I’m sharing my customized version of the project, and showing you how to make it! Be sure to REGISTER for a DIH Workshop near you, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn in a “hands on” environment exactly how to build a serving station like this, and then you can customize it however you choose.
For this two-toned wood and white version, here are the supplies you will need:
- Circular Saw
- Miter Saw (optional)
- Kreg Rip Cut (optional)
- Drill & Driver/Driver bits
- Wood Glue
- Brad Nailer
- 1 1/4″ brad nails
- 2′ x 2′ x 3/4″ project panel
- 1 x 6 pine board at 10 feet long
- Four 5/8″ screws
- A 2 inch hook & eye kit
- 5 ft. Jack Chain
- 2 pk. of 3 inch utility hinges
- Four 3 inch deck screws
- Two 3 inch corner braces
- Exterior semi-gloss white paint
- Minwax Special Walnut Stain (or stain of your choice)
- One cabinet knob
- Sealer or Waterproofer
- Paint roller/Paint Brush
- Painter’s Tape
Cut your wood as follows:
Use your circular saw (optional – use a Kreg Rip Cut for straight cuts!) to cut your project panel into a 2 ft. by 18 inch rectangle. Use a circular saw or miter saw to cut your 1×6 into two 18 3/4″ pieces, two 22 1/2″ pieces, and one 17 1/4″ piece.
Create the box by using the 22 1/2″ pieces for the top and bottom and the 18 3/4″ pieces for the sides. Place the top and bottom pieces between the side pieces, keep everything square, and double check that your measurements are 24″ x 18 3/4″, then glue and nail the box together with a brad nailer.
Attach the shelf and divider. Insert the 17 1/4″ piece of wood into the center of the box. (Center point is 12″ across top and bottom), and glue and nail it in. Then, position your 10 7/8″ board horizontally at the 9 3/8″ mark and attach it with glue and nails.
Stain the entire box and project panel.
Tape & Paint. Tape off an “X” pattern on each of the outer sides of your box, and one side of your project panel.
Then, paint two coats of white paint, allowing each coat to dry in between. Immediately following your second coat, while the paint is still damp, peel away the tape revealing the “X” pattern.
When the paint has fully dried, add a sealer or waterproofer of your choice for added protection against the elements.
Attach your tabletop. Stand the box upright and place the project panel perpendicular against the bottom. Pull it back 1/8″ leaving room for your utility hinges, then screw them in place.
Attach your chain and hook & eyes. The chain will form a “drawbridge” style support system for your table top. From the outer corners of the table top, measure back 2 inches and in 1 inch. Use two of the 5/8″ screws to attach the chain.
Attach the other end of the chain, pulling it taut, to the inside of the box with the other 5/8″ screws. Use your pliers to remove excess chain.
After your chain is attached, screw your hook and eye into place. Close the table top and screw the hook into the side of the box and the eye into the side of your table top, making sure they are close enough to latch.
Drill a hole in the center of your table top and add a knob of your choice. I used a cream colored one from the Home Decorators Collection available at The Home Depot.
Attach your mounting brackets and hang your serving station! If you are hanging it on brick, you will need masonry anchors and a masonry drill bit. Drill into the mortar, not the brick.
Stock your serving station and enjoy!
I hope to see some of you at the Charlotte DIH Workshop! Be sure to post your photos from the event on social media using the hashtag #DIHWorkshop, and I will be doing the same!
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