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How to Build a Tiki Bar (page 2 of 4)

Take outdoor entertaining to new heights by building a backyard tiki bar with bamboo accents and a thatched roof.

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Step 6: Attach Bar Sections

Dry fit the three sections together. Measure and cut the plywood for the face of each bar section. Miter cut the adjoining sides. Attach the plywood to the bar sections using glue and framing nails. Move the bar into its permanent place and nail the three sections together. (It might be too heavy to move after you attach the three sections together.) Use L brackets to attach the sections together.

Step 7: Measure and Cut Plywood for Countertops

Determine how many inches of overhang you’d like on the front and back of the bar. Before attaching countertop to the bar sections, mark the top of the bar base at each corner where you’ll be placing the posts for the roof. Measure and cut out the four holes at each corner of countertop to allow for 4x4 posts. Dry fit the countertop through the posts to make sure they fit.

Step 8: Install Countertops

Attach the countertops to the bar sections with glue and nail them on from the bottom.

Step 9: Attach Posts for Roof

Spread glue into the post holes in the countertop. Insert the posts into the hole and hold it level while someone else nails it into place from underneath. For extra support, nail a piece of plywood to the underside of the bar up through the post.

Tiki Bar Countertop

Step 10: Add Bamboo Facade

Sheath the face of the bar base. We used bamboo panels that we fastened to the plywood with finish nails.

Tiki Bar Bamboo facade