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Enjoy refreshing summer beverages with a wall-mounted serving station featuring a drop-down door that doubles as a table.
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Cut cedar boards to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List and Cutting Diagram) for the door slats (A), door cleat (B), and the handle (C). Cedar boards come with one smooth and one rough face. Lightly sand all the surfaces -- sand the rough side just enough to remove any potential splinters. Sand all the remaining parts as you continue through the project.
At each screw location, drill a countersunk pilot hole that matches the size and length of the screw being used. This will avoid splitting the cedar boards or stripping the heads of the fasteners.
Apply glue to the cleat and set in position on the back face of the slats (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). Drill pilot holes and secure the cleat to the slats with 1-1/4-inch deck screws.
Slide the panel to the edge of a work surface and clamp the handle in place even with the inside face and overhanging the front. Secure with 1-1/2-in deck screws.
Cut the sides (D) to length and clamp the two pieces together. Mark the location of the hole for the serving door pivot bolt (Project Diagram, Drawing 2). Place the sides on spacers and drill the 1/4-inch hole through both parts.
When drilling holes that need to be perfectly aligned, drill through both parts at the same time to avoid mistakes in laying out the holes on two separate parts.
Mark out a 1-1/2-inch radius at the lower front corners of the sides. To create the shape, use a compass or trace any round object close in size. (The exact size is not critical; the top of a soda can works.) Cut with a jigsaw and sand smooth.
Cut the top shelf (E), top trim (F), and lower shelf (G) to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List and Cutting Diagram).
Glue and clamp the top trim to the top shelf (Project Diagram, Drawing 2 and Drawing 3) for one hour. Mark the location of the top shelf and lower shelf on the sides, then glue and clamp the sides to the shelves. Drill pilot holes and drive the screws to join the parts. Check the cabinet for square as you assemble the case.
Determine whether you want to install the serving station using angle braces or with the hanger frame (Project Diagram, Drawing 4 and Drawing 6). If you prefer the 2-1/2-inch angle braces, attach them to the underside of the top shelf about 1-1/2 inches from the sides.
Cut the divider (H) and small shelf (I) to length. Glue and screw the small shelf to the divider before inserting into the serving station (Project Diagram, Cutting List and Cutting Diagram).
Fit the divider and shelf into the cabinet. Drill pilot holes and drive screws through the side, top shelf, and lower shelf (Project Diagram, Drawing 3).
Place the door on scraps and set the cabinet, face down, around the door. Use a few wood shims to center the door in the width of the cabinet with a 1/8-inch gap between the handle and the top shelf.
With the door centered in the cabinet, use the holes in the sides as guides to drill 2-inch-deep holes into the edges of the door (Project Diagram, Drawing 4). The scrap spacers will allow the door to be even with the front of the cabinet.
Slip the hex bolts temporarily into the pivot holes to keep the door from moving. Remove the shims and flip the cabinet over so you can see inside the cabinet. Position the catch and the strike plate in the cabinet and mark the screw locations with a pencil.
When the finish is dry, slip the hex bolt and a washer through both sides by about 1/8 inch. Place 3 washers onto the end of the bolt projecting inside the cabinet.
Set the door in position between the sides and then push the bolt into the holes in the sides of the door. This will create the pivot point for the door to open and close.
Open the cabinet and secure the catch to the cabinet and the strike plate to the door with the screws provided.
You can hang the serving station with angle braces by screwing one leg of each brace to the house or a fence. To add the decorative art panel or the optional hanger, continue to the next two sections.
Cut cedar boards to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List and Cutting Diagram) for the panel slats (J), panel sides (K), top/bottom (L).
Attach the top/bottom to the slats with glue and screws (Project Diagram, Drawing 5). The top and bottom will be slightly longer than the slats when the slats are pushed together to form the panel, leave an even gap between each slat so the edges of the slats are even with the ends of the top/bottom.
Add the sides to the slat/top/bottom assembly using glue and screws.
Install an screw eye into both sides, three inches from the top of the panel. Cut a 36-inch length of picture-hanging wire and thread it through the screw eyes. Center the wire, wrap it around the eye, and then back on itself several times.
Cut cedar boards to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List and Cutting Diagram) for the front hanger straps (M), top hanger straps (N), back hanger straps (O), and hanger back (P). Secure the front and back straps to the top hanger with 2-inch deck screws (Project Diagram, Drawing 6). You may need to adjust the length of the top hanger to match the thickness of the wall where you’ll hang the serving station. You may also need to adjust the front hangers to position the open serving door 34 inches above the floor.
Screw flat corner braces to the top inside corners of the hanger assembly to reinforce the connections.
Add the hanger back to the hanger strap assemblies -- its length should match the width of the wall serving station and the wall panel.
Screw the serving station to the lower portion of the front straps (Project Diagram, Drawing 6) with the bottom of the straps even with the bottom of the lower shelf (G).
Secure the art panel to the hanger, leaving 3 to 6 inches between the top of the serving station and the bottom of the art panel. Hook the completed project over the wall in the desired location.
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