gin bar DIY

Raising the Bar for Gin-o’-clock

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This DIY bar project is just what you need when it’s gin-o’-clock.

What you need for your DIY Bar:

Two pallets

Pine in the following dimensions:

  • 2 x 1100mm x 90mm x 40mm
  • 2 x 370mm x 90mm x 40mm
  • 2 x 215mm x 90mm x 40mm

40 full-thread cut screws (4mm x 50mm)

5 x 250mm x 250mm coping pavers

Novabrik sealant

Woodoc exterior polywax sealer

1 x 500ml set of Sikadur-AP All-purpose Apoxy Adhesive


Paintbrush, cordless drill and screwdriver bit, belt sander, putty knife

How you do it:

  1. Sand the pallets and the other timber. Lay the two pallets on a work surface. Screw one 1100mm x 90mm x 40mm plank to the bottom of each pallet, flush with the bottom and parallel to the existing slats.
  1. Line the pallets up against each other, slats facing out and the 1100mm planks at the bottom. Join the two pallets together using the two 215mm x 90mm x 40mm planks, flush with the top of the pallets.
  1. Join the bottom of the two pallets using the two 370mm x 90mm x 40mm planks, which will protrude 75mm on each side.
  1. Mix the epoxy as per the instructions and apply generously to the top of the pallet construction, on one paver-sized area at a time.
  1. Carefully position the first paver on the pallet so that it overhangs the pallet structure symmetrically. (Do a dry run of this to see exactly how much to overhang the pavers.) Repeat with the other pavers.
  1. Seal the wooden structure with an exterior wood sealer. Seal the pavers with a sealant such as Novabrik. Now enjoy your bar!
The Gardener