Building your own tiki bar can be a rewarding project. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, then this project might excite you. A “daytime tiki bar” can be built in just a week, with the proper instructions and tools. I consider a set of plans to be the best tool you can have, especially if this could be your first big project. Ok, so let’s get started with a list of things you’ll need to build your backyard paradise.
Tools you will need- Here is an alphabetical list of the tools you will need. You will need a chalk line, circular saw, clamps, cordless drill, hammer, jigsaw, square, stapler, table saw, tape measure, wood chisel, and miscellaneous items. These tools are essential for a DIY tiki bar project. Of course, if you have power tools, it will speed up the process.
Material for your project- Here’s an abbreviated list of what I used to build my own 4 x 8 foot tiki bar. This will give you an idea of what it will take to build this project.
Pressure treated lumber for any surface that touches the ground.
2″ x 3″ x 8′ fir wood for tiki bar framing.
3 sheets of 4′ x 8′ x ¾” oak plywood
Cedar logs (white cedar) to support the structure of your roof. They should be 4″ x 6′ round logs.
Approximately 10 pounds of 10-cent nails are needed.
Hardware to mount the top of the bar; brackets, screws and liquid nails.
Two gallons of marine varnish to seal your bar and prevent water damage.
Material for roof structure- This will give you an idea of what you will need to build the roof and the palm thatch required.
The cedar poles needed to build the roof will consist of; 3 3 ½” x 9′ Cedar Posts, 10 3 ½” x 8′ Cedar Posts, and 12 2″ x 12″ Cedar Posts.
Roof made of palm fronds, approximately 60′ x 4′ roll of roofing. You can buy the palm leaves, but the only thing I found is that it takes longer to thatch the roof. I like easy, but it totally depends on the individual.
Various nails and staples.
Material purchase places- Most materials can be purchased at your local home supply store, and items like cedar poles can be purchased at a sawmill or ordered online. Most of the palm fronds and thatched roof are also available online.
You need a guide- Unless you are a super carpenter; you need to buy a set of plans. It’s much easier to follow the step-by-step instructions along with the pictures to make sure you’re building your DIY tiki bar correctly. Let’s be real about the price of wood and materials; you don’t want to make mistakes. You will definitely appreciate me if you buy a complete guide to show you how to build your outdoor bar.
I built my DIY tiki bar because I enjoy the islands so much that I wanted to take that atmosphere home with me. You can have a good time and have fun in your own tiki bar.
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