Monday, August 8, 2016

How to Build a Rustic Industrial Bar Cart

After 9 days of vacation, I was ready to get in the workshop and build.  I had this bar cart idea in my head before vacation, but didn't get to it.  
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And then I saw a "news" story on home drinking versus going out and it said entertaining at home is on the rise and home bar carts and bar accessory sales were increasing and I knew I had to make this.

I used pallet wood and reclaimed fence boards.  I started by cutting the four corner board pieces, two 36" long, two 32" because I added 4" wheels. I then decided on my width (18") and cut fence boards and pallet boards (for dividers) for the bottom tray.  I secured the pallet boards to one side of the bottom tray fence board.  
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After I created three of these, I laid them out plus added once fence board without the pallet divider to determine the length of my cart (23 1/2").  I cut the long boards for the side of the bottom tray and created a frame or box around the legs.  
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I made the mistake of adding an inch and a half, think I would need because of the end pieces.  I didn't need to do that so there is a little corner gap where the bottom pieces don't cover the end side pieces.  No biggie--I left it and called it character.
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I then added the bottom shelf/divider pieces, securing them with screws from the bottom.
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Next I made a middle shelf.  This has a shorter side made from pallet wood with a fence board bottom.  
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I did the sides a little different from the bottom shelf for a different look.
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After this point, I forgot to take process pictures.  But, I made a tray for the top that is removable.  
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It sits securely on braces.
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I found a metal piece that was left in our workshop.  it was the perfect size so I used it a for a handle. 
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A hook and bottle opener completed the bar cart.  I did stain it all first and then decided it needed to be "Beckyfied", ie. I need to add some fun paint colors to it!
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The bar cart found a new home as it sold Saturday at the Farmer's Market.  Cheers!
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11 comments:

  1. I saw that news story too and I love what you did with your bar cart. Your painting, as always, is perfect.

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  2. As always AMAZING...you set the TREND!!! Love this for a paint cart!

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    1. Thank you! If I had a place for it, I would so use it for a coffee cart.

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  3. Love this cart!!! and the removable tray is perfect!

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