Wall Mounted Mini-bar




With my girlfriends birthday coming up i decided to fulfil one of her requests and build her a mini-bar. After a bit of searching for inspiration I came up with a rough design and went from there. In general this is a fairly simple project, relatively cheap and produces a really stylish bar that is intended to be wall mounted and emptied as you please!! A note of caution: i used 9mm ply and had major problems, as the brand new sheet of it that i bought was slightly warped, despite many attempts to correct this, it is still slightly noticeable in the final product and made construction much slower and more difficult.

Materials: 8'*2' 9mm sheet material, 600mm piano hinge, magnetic catch, wood glue, screws, paint

Tools: Sash clamps (ideal but not needed), drill, screwdrivers, sander

Go to: https://www.instructables.com/id/Table-top-Mini-ba... to see my table top version

Step 1: Planning

For the bar my design spec was that: It should hold at least 4 bottles, plus mixers and barware; it should be wall mounted; it should have space for drinks preparation. This could easily be made bigger or smaller and suitable adjustments made.

To fulfil this i grabbed some cardboard (in this case a ski boot box seemed to be about the right size) and filled with what I had sitting about. From this I made adjustments to the size for ease of manufacture and made up a cutting list.

The bar was to be: 607mm wide (the width of a half sheet of ply), 170mm deep, and have an internal height of 380mm. Having worked out that I would support my door without a chain ect. I then added 150mm of height so that when open, the door would support itself.

Next these measurements were converted into a cutting list and i went to buy wood. I used 9mm ply but i would recommend using MDF instead as being more homogenous it is easier to work with, and when painted will give as good or better finish.

Step 2: Construction

To build up the box I used a series of butt joints (for ease) and used glue and screws to fix. The slight complication i had due to the bent ply meant more time was needed to try to straighten out pieces and fix them. As a concession to this i also added a spruce strip around the inside for something extra to help fix the ply square.

Step 3: Fitting the Door

Fitting the door is more or less the last stage but is crucial to give the clean aesthetic i was hoping for. To get this as close as possible I first painted the main box so that i didnt have to allow extra room for the paint. I found that this stage was best done by cutting a piece as close as possible with a band saw then sanding in small increments to fit. NB. this would have been much easier had my sheet been flat so make sure you buy decent wood, i ended up using some MDF for the door as the ply wouldnt fit well.

Step 4: Finishing

To finish off my bar (or my girlfriend's bar as it was to become), I attached the door using a piano hinge and painted with blackboard paint, i also added a magnetic catch although many variations could be used here. Then the best bit... stocking it!!

For this I bought what i deemed to be mini-bar essentials:

Gin, Vodka, Rum, some mixers, a cocktail set, cocktail book and a chopping board (which i made by shaping a nice piece of oak then waxing with a food-safe wax).

With this basic set of ingredients and kit a lot can be made and with a few simple additions you can make most of the 200 cocktails in the book i bought.

After finishing I also decided that I needed one myself and made a table-top variation, instructable to come...



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    8 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    As far as mounting, may I suggest a so-called French cleat?

    Also hardware exists to do the same with a much lower profile.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This might also be the basis for a simple wall-mounted desk for a laptop. I like how the door end acts as the support bracket for the rest of the door :-)


    4 years ago

    I hope move back home Talkeetna in a few years to build some camping cabins ( our retirement job). I already planned to use a wall mounted table. I think I'll add 10" deep cabinet with shelves and use the table top as the door. Thank goodness for the inspiration. Susitna of Moose Drop Cabins.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I'm glad you like it!! It definitely has potential to be adapted into a more generic cabinet for a bit of storage in a small space.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great idea! I would love to see more details of how you mounted it. Did you just screw through the back piece of plywood into the studs?

    I'm wondering how it would look if I made this with thicker plywood and used pocket hole screws.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, thanks for your comment. I havn't yet mounted it as it is waiting to be moved to a university room at the start of term but yes, the plan at the moment is to drill through the back and fix it that way (i'll be sure to get a photo up after it is sorted).

    It could definitely work doing it like that, if you have a go send me a link!! The other thing i considered but didn't do due to time constraints would be making it with box joints. If you have a rig it could be a fairly easy and quick(ish) way to improve it.