How to build an outdoor bar table

Do you want to eat, drink, and chat in the middle of your sunny garden? Why not dress it up with this simple outdoor bar table? With just a little time, effort, and a few easy-to-find tools, you will be able to build your own outdoor bar table. This article will show you how to build an outdoor bar table and suggest suitable metal table legs for the bar table.

Why Should You Build an Outdoor Bar Table?

Catering for entertainment: An outdoor bar table creates a perfect spot for entertaining guests, allowing you to host gatherings, parties, and casual get-togethers in a comfortable natural setting.

Easy to DIY: It's never been easier to assemble your favorite outdoor bar table with wood and available table legs. By following our step by step guide, you will quickly enjoy the results you desire.

Great for small spaces: Since bar tables are taller than standard coffee tables and have a narrower width, they give the illusion of larger space.

Good for tall people: Maybe few people care about this benefit... But it's true! Tall people like to stand to eat, for example, during quick breakfasts.

Enjoy a great view: Bar tables provide a better view of their surroundings, helping you enjoy whether it's morning coffee, evening cocktails, or simply relaxing outside.

Shoud Read: Bar Height Table Legs | 5 Design Ideas

    Tools and Materials

    • Wooden planks (choose weather-resistant wood like cedar or teak)

    • Medium and fine grit sandpaper

    • Wood screws, wood glue, wood stain or sealant

    • Paintbrushes

    • Pre-made bar table legs

    • Electric drill with screwdriver bits

    • Measuring tape

    • Pencil

    • Safety gear (gloves, goggles)

    • Circular saw or hand saw

    • Sander or sanding block

    • Clamps

    Based on the available outdoor space, you will determine the desired size of the bar table. Suppose you don't have much space and you just want to build a simple bar for two people. Here are the detailed instructions:

    Step 1: Measure and Cut the Wooden Planks

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    Cut the wooden planks to the dimensions you desire
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    A bar table for two typically measures around 24 inches to 30 inches wide and 36 inches to 40 inches long. For this guide, we’ll use 30 inches wide by 36 inches long.

    If you want to use 6-inch wide planks, you need to cut 5 planks to 36 inches long. With 8-inch wide planks, 4 planks to 36 inches long are needed. Use a pencil and measuring tape to mark the cutting lines on the planks for greater accuracy.
    Then, use a circular saw or hand saw to cut along the marked lines so that they are straight.

    Step 2: Sand the Wooden Planks

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    Sand the edges and surfaces of the wooden planks
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    Sand the edges and surfaces of the planks with medium grit sandpaper (80-120 grit) to smooth rough areas. Next, use fine grit sandpaper (180-220 grit) for a smooth finish.

    Step 3: Assemble the Tabletop

    Assemble the tabletop with wood glue
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    After sanding, gather and arrange the planks side by side to form the tabletop. Apply wood glue along the edges of the planks, clamp them together, and let it dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions, usually around 24 hours.

    Step 4: Drill Holes

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    Drill hole screws along the edges of the tabletop
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    Once the glue is dry, you strengthen the tabletop by drilling pilot holes and driving wood screws through the edges of the planks. Remember to space the screws along the edges of the tabletop with the space about every 6-8 inches to ensure stability.

    Step 5: Finish the Tabletop

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    Use a wood stain or sealer to protect the tabletop
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    Apply a wood stain or sealant to protect the tabletop from harmful environmental elements, such as temperature, moisture, UV radiation, insects and pests, mold and dirt.

    Step 6: Attach the Metal Table Legs

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    Attach metal table legs to the tabletop
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    Position the bar table legs at the bottom of the tabletop. Mark and drill the locations of the screw holes on the tabletop. Then, just attach the legs using screws and tighten them securely and you're done.

    Step 7: Test Before Using

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    Test for safety and sturdiness before use
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    Double-check to ensure all screws are tight and the table is stable. Then, place the table on a flat surface to check if it wobbles. If so, adjust the legs or add shims as needed. Done! Mix a cocktail and enjoy your new bar table right now!


    Make Your Project Easier With Metal Outdoor Table Legs/Table Bases From Flowyline, Why Not?

    Outdoor metal bar table legs and table bases from Flowyline Design are carefully crafted by skilled craftsmen, so they possess a unique look and durable quality but are also affordable. They are the perfect piece for any of your tabletop or benchtop, be it the live edge, wood, or epoxy, be it your custom table, dining table, console table, or oval butcher block table. Here are the top best selling outdoor bar table ideas we recommend for you:

    607 Curva Bar Table Legs

    Our elegant Curva metal legs are available in 40 inch heights, which are perfect for bar height tables. These integrated pre-drilled mounting plates ensure easy installation, while the curved design adds uniqueness to the space.

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    DIY outdoor bar table legs
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    606 Faras for Live Edge Tabletop

    The Faras bar table legs bring a unique, artistic flair to your outdoor furniture. This unique design, when combined with a live edge tabletop, will create a highlight for the place where it is placed, whether it is a patio, garden, or porch.

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    Standard DIY outdoor bar height table
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    Now you know how to build an outdoor bar table simply and quickly. You can visit our bar table legs collection, or contact us at for custom support according to your DIY project. Get ready to come up with unique ideas, buy necessary tools and items, start doing them, and enjoy your dream bar table right away!

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