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Forum topic by Sumdume posted 04-22-2017 04:33 PM 1443 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2017 04:33 PM

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Hello Folks,
I am looking for a good plan for a Fold Down Bar for my patio. I want to build one that has legs to hold it up. Many of the designs I have seen on the web show bars using chains to support the bar. I am not interested in using chains because it limit accessibility and does not look good.

I appreciate any assistance you can provide.

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#1 posted 05-03-2017 06:22 PM

Do you have any ideas yet? Size? Thickness?

It doesn’t seem like it would be too difficult to take the concept from the ones using chains and add a pair of legs that fold up… If you make the bar top thick enough, you could route out space in the bottom for the legs to fold into so it would be smooth when folded up. Wood is strong in compression so you wouldn’t need overly beefy legs to support it.

Use a pair of Neodymium magnets to hold the legs in place and just put a little notch to get a finger under to unfold?

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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#2 posted 05-21-2017 10:33 PM

DerekJ, thanks for the reply.

I am looking at making a bar that has a bar top that is 42” high, 28-30” wide and about 42” long. I am considering a wall mounted case that is 8-10” deep. This will allow 6” shelves and leave 2-4” inches for the bars and legs to fold into.
I have not decided what to do about the legs. The option I am leaning toward is to create a rail and style frame out of 1×2s or 1×4s for the legs. This would serve as a frame to highlight designs that are routed or burned into the bottom of the bar. My concern is that there may be too much flex in 1x material.
I also wonder if I need to install a locking mechanism to prevent the legs from folding up if they are bumped by some klutz.

-- Rule # 1 - Don't mix yer blood and sawdust!

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