The first step to building my outdoor bar is to install the base beams. The beams are simply 2X6 treated lumber. I installed them using 4X4 connectors that attach first to the deck itself and then to the beams. I used galvanized nails so they will not rust.
I am a little concerned with the final stability of the project. These beams run the same direction as the deck planks themselves and I’m not sure if that will allow the beams to wobble or not. I will check the stability of the final product and, if necessary, reinforce it.
I measured everything several times to make sure both beams were exactly parallel (well, within 1/16 of an inch, I’m not the kind of person who needs it perfect) and square with respect to each other. I had to cut the beams to length. Fortunately, my miter saw just made it.
In the picture you can see them attached to the deck. I set up one leg post in place to make sure it fit well. The outer edge of the leg is actually flush with the edge of the deck.
My deck is 18 feet long so I decided to make my bar 14 feet long, centered, leaving 2 feet of space on either side. There is 9.5 inches of overhang from the edge of the top to the outer legs which means my beams needed to be 149 inches long which is almost 12 and a half feet. Although Home Depot does sell the beams in 16 foot lengths, it would prove difficult to get home without paying the $60 delivery fee. Instead, I got 2, 8 foot beams for each side and connected them together as shown.
Now that the base is done. Tomorrow I will install the leg posts. I am imagining that once the legs are attached with lag bolts, the beams will be a lot more solid and stable.