Serve party guests in style with this rugged outdoor counter made from inexpensive concrete blocks.
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Although you can dry-assemble this serving station without adhesive to ensure it’s in the location you want, adhesive is essential to the final assembly. Then adhere the wooden top to the upper edges of the top blocks to further stabilize the project. As an added safety precaution, do not allow anyone to climb or stand on the projecting blocks or top.
Using an existing deck board or a straight 2 x 4 as a guide, begin at the left side of the project by placing two full blocks side by side with their ends facing forward. Apply adhesive and press them together.
If necessary, use clamps to draw the blocks together while the adhesive cures.
Following the Serving Center Block Layout Guide, attach a half block to the right of the two full blocks and add a third full block with its end facing forward and the back surfaces flush. Repeat to complete the bottom row of blocks.
Begin the second row with a full block on the left with an end facing forward. Adhere it to the block below. Then adhere a half-block to the block below. Glue and stack a full block with the end facing forward to the right of the half block. Then attach a half block and a cantilevered full block with the end facing forward. Add a half block to complete the row.
Follow the guide to lay the third, fourth, and top rows of blocks, adhering each to the adjoining blocks and the blocks below.
Not all concrete blocks are alike. Some have “ears” on both ends while some have these projections on one end. When selecting blocks, you may want a couple of smooth-end full blocks for the right ends of the third and fourth rows to match the smooth faces of the half-blocks.
Measure 16 inches from the right edge of the structure. There, glue and stack five full blocks with their ends facing forward. Measure between the outside edge of the main structure and the outside edge of the support stack before cutting the top planks. (The distance should be about 64 inches.)
Cut five 2 x 4s 72 inches long. Then cut two 17-1/2-inch-long end supports. Place the long top planks edge to edge upside down and clamp them together. Screw an end support to the planks with the outside edge flush with the plank ends. Repeat for the other end.
Apply the finish of your choice to the top (Fiesta Red shown) and let dry. Then use construction adhesive to attach the top to the blocks.