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DIY bar cart with plants to the side.

Overview

You can take your entertaining to the next level with this stylish and very handy bar cart. A great way to serve drinks at your next party, this great design works well indoors or outdoors.

Steps

1Measure and mark for the wheels

We made our two wheels out of a piece of MDF; each wheel measured 750mm in diameter. Measure 375mm in from the corners, which will be the centre point for the router. Mark the spot and drill a 5mm pilot hole for the guide on your router.
Person marking timber with tape measure and pencil

2Cut out the wheel

When cutting the MDF make sure you work in a well-ventilated space and always wear safety glasses, dust mask and earmuffs. Set your router arm to 375mm and screw the arm into your pilot hole. Use the router to cut the wheel. Repeat these steps to make the other wheel.
Person using router to cut circular tabletop out of timber

3Make the shelves

Measure and mark on the MDF for the two shelves. Ours measured 20mm x 920mm x 450mm. Clamp the MDF to the workbench and use the circular saw to cut the shelves.
Person cutting timber with circular saw

4Make the frames for the shelves

Set the drop saw to 45 and cut one end of the pine. Measure and mark the length of the shelf to make the second mitre cut. Repeat for the other side and the second shelf.
Person using drop saw to cut timber

5Attach long sides to the shelves

Line up the frame along the length of the shelf, making sure it's flush. Use the nail gun to secure the pine frame to the shelf. Repeat for both sides of the shelf and the other shelf.
Person using nail gun to secure timber together

6Measure and cut for the short sides

Take the measurements along the width of the shelf, from short end to short end. Mitre cut one end of the timber for the frame at 45 degrees. Then measure and mark for the second 45-degree mitre cut. Repeat this for the three other ends to complete the shelf frames.
Person measuring piece of timber with tape measure

7Attach the short sides to the shelf

Apply glue to the mitres on the short sides of the frame. Line the timber up so it's flush with the rest of the frame. Clamp it and fix together with the nailing gun. Repeat this to attach the other sides. Remember to wipe away any excess glue as you go.
Person using nail gun to secure timber together

8Sand the timber

Now that all of the pieces for the bar cart are complete, give them a light sand with the orbital sander and the 80 grit sandpaper before you start fixing them all together.
Person using sander to sand timber

9Measure and mark for the bottom shelf

First you need to mark the centre line of your circle. Half the depth of the shelf frame is 21mm, so mark this length down from the centre of the circle and draw a straight line across. Repeat this on the other circle so the bottom shelf will be fitted in the centre.
Person measuring and marking timber with level and pencil

10Attach the bottom shelf

Once you've established the shelf position, clamp the circle and shelf in place. Pre-drill with the 3mm drill bit and use the 30mm screws to fix them together. Use at least five screws on both sides. Tip: drill from the MDF into the pine shelf. That way the screws will hold better.
Pieces of timber clamped together

11Attach the second shelf

The top shelf needs to be parallel to the already fixed shelf. Use a straight edge to ensure the shelves are level with each other. The top of the shelf is positioned 20mm down from the wheel's top edge. Once positioned, clamp the shelf into place, pre-drill with the 3mm drill bit and use the 25mm screws to fix it into place.
Pieces of timber clamped together while person drills nails in to them

12Attach the second circle support

When the first shelf is in place, fix the second circular support. Measure, mark and check the levels. Once you're happy with the position, pre-drill with the 3mm drill bit and screw into place with the 30mm screws. Use at least four screws on both sides.
Person drilling hole into timber

13Putty and sand the cart

Use putty to fill any screw holes. Let it dry and sand the putty back with the orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper.
Person filling gaps in timber with putty\

14Paint the cart

Before spray-painting the cart apply a coat of primer. This will increase the adhesion of the paint and helps to give you a better finish and coverage. We spray-painted the cart black. Apply as many coats as necessary, sanding between each coat. When using spray paint be sure to work in a well-ventilated area, wear appropriate safety gear and always follow the manufacturer's instructions. Use smooth even strokes for maximum coverage.
Person spray painting tabletop

15Make the copper stand

To finish off the cart and keep it stable, we attached a copper stand to the centre front. First, measure from the underside of the top shelf to the floor for the total height of the pipe, which on our cart measured 700mm.

Next, measure and mark the pipe at 310mm. This length will attach to the underside of the top shelf, until the start of the first bend. Set the pipe in the pipe bender and bend it to shape 90 degrees.

Then measure from the top of the length you've just created, down the long length of the pipe. Mark for the height of the pipe stand, minus the radius of the pipe bender. Then bend the pipe enough in the opposite direction so that it heads towards the underside of the bottom shelf.

For the final bend, which fits to the underside of the bottom shelf, place it in the pipe bender to create a reverse hook shape.

Person using pipe bender to bend copper piece

16Attach the copper stand

Measure and mark the centre of the cart at the front. Attach the copper stand using saddle clips and 20mm screws. Use two on the top shelf and one on the bottom.
Person drilling screw into bracket to hold legs to tabletop

17Bottoms up!

And there you have it, a stylish bar cart, part Gatsby, part Art-Deco, all made by you. With its shelves filled with your favourite drinks, it will be a very popular addition when you next entertain.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.