How To Build Narrow Bar Cart – Impress your dinner guests by constructing a versatile bar/drink cart. From a handy cart for crafting happy hour cocktails to a mobile dessert bar for wheeling out at parties, this industrial bar cart on wheels is both functional and stylish. Choose a length of wood panel that best suits the size of your space. If constructing a bar cart for a small area, you might consider cutting larger panels of wood in half to create a narrow cart that won’t take up precious square footage. Prep the wood shelf pieces by sanding all surfaces and edges. If using edge-glued material for your bar cart’s shelves, be sure the boards are flat and not cracked. Then apply finish to shelf pieces, on a protected work surface, brush on your choice of wood stain to all sides of the three wood planks.
Complete the next step to build narrow bar cart while waiting for the final coat of polyurethane to dry is Assemble Pipe Pieces. Remove any stickers, grease or dust from all pipe components with soapy water and a rag. Screw a pipe flange onto both ends of each 12 long pipe piece and tighten them. These are the bar cart’s shelf spacers. Stand up all of the spacers to make sure their heights match, ensuring the shelves of your bar cart will be level. And then Create the bar cart handles by first screwing the four threaded elbows into the remaining four flanges. Screw in the 10″ pipe pieces between each set of elbows until snug and both pipe flanges can stand flat on your work surface. Place the first shelf flat on your work surface.
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Mark a 1 pencil line parallel to each side’s edge at each corner of the shelf. Position a shelf space over the marks so the lines are centered inside the holes of the spacer’s pipe flange. Secure the spacer with four wood screws. On the second shelf, mark 1 pencil guidelines from each edge at the corners, as in the previous step.
Next steps to build narrow bar cart, flip the first shelf upside down and place it on top of the second shelf piece. Center the spacers’ flange holes over the 1 marks, and secure each flange with four ½ screws. Add the final shelf of the bar cart by first securing the four remaining shelf spacers to the top of the second shelf, then flipping the entire unit upside down and securing the pipe flanges to the last shelf.
Determine which end of your bar cart will be the bottom, then mark 1 guidelines on each corner, as with the shelf spacers. Center the mounting hardware of the casters onto the guidelines before securing them with ½ wood screws. Flip your bar cart right side up for the final step. Center the handles on each side of the cart, with the flange holes at least 1 from the edges, and secure them with ½ wood screws. Stock your bar cart with your favorite libations and mixers for guests to help themselves.
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