If you’re looking for a fun new way to mix up your favorite cocktails, try an easy DIY liquor dispenser. In just one day, you can have a new bar accessory that suits your personal style and is sure to be a hit at your next party. Here’s what you need to take on this beginner’s level project:
TOOLS & MATERIALS
- Cordless Drill/Driver
- Combination Square
- Tape Measure
- Nitrile Glove
- 5” Phillips Bit
- 1-1/8” Forstner Bit
- Miter Saw
- Utility Knife
- 5” x ½” x 48” Oak Hobby Board
- ¾” Square Dowel
- Stainless Steel Spigot (1/2” Female)
- ¾” x ½” Male Adapter/Plastic Barb
- ½” x ½” Male Adapter/Plastic Barb
- #6 Countersink Bit
- 7/8” Forstner Bit
- ½” Inside Diameter Clear PVC Tubing
- ¾” x 1” Threaded PVC Nipple
- ½” Hose Clamp (2)
- 80/150/220-Grit Sandpaper
- 1” Screws (25)
- Wood Glue
- Danish Oil
- Plumber’s Tape
When taking on this DIY task, be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear.
- Eye Protection
- Ear Protection
Measure and Cut Wood. Begin by measuring and cutting your hobby board. You will need four 9” pieces and two 4½” pieces. Next, cut your ¾” square dowel into four 5½” pieces and two 4½” pieces.
Mark Wood. Using your cut wood as a guide, draw a straight line a half-inch from both edges on three 9” pieces. Repeat with another line on the 5½” end. On the remaining 9” piece, mark the center point, and four inches from the bottom. The 4½” piece will be your shelves, so find and mark their center points as well.
Drill Holes. Countersink two holes into adjacent sides of both of your 5½” square dowel pieces, then drill a hole through the center of your 4½” pieces with a ½” bit. With the other 4½” piece, drill halfway through with a 1½” bit, switching to a 1-1/8” bit to finish your hole. Take your 9” piece and use a 1-1/8” Forstner bit to drill a hole one side, making sure to stop before going all the way through. Switch to a 7/8” bit to complete the hole.
Assemble. Now you’re ready to assemble your pieces. With 1” screws, align your 4½” piece a half-inch from the top and attach. Next, attach the 5½” square dowel pieces to two of your 9” pieces, making sure the ½” edge is aligned with the bottom. Then attach the remaining side pieces. (Using a clamp can help you achieve a seamless joint.) Place your 9” piece with the 7/8” hole flat on your work surface and add wood glue to the seams. Secure the top 4½” piece through the countersunk holes. Connect your ½” x ½” barb and spigot to the front of your dispenser. Next, attach your PVC fitting to your ¾” x ½” barb between your shelves. Using hose clamps, cut a half-inch of tubing and tighten onto the barbs. Set the top piece in place by adding wood glue to its bottom edges. Let it dry, and secure with screws from underneath. Place the shelf on top of the support pieces and screw them in place, then attach and secure your back piece.
Sand and Stain. After assembling your liquor dispenser, sand the entire piece. Start with the lowest grit sandpaper and work your way up until your piece is completely smooth. Make sure you wipe off any dust before applying Danish oil.
Stock Your Dispenser. After your dispenser has completely dried, flip it over to secure your favorite bottle. Return the dispenser to its upright position and open the bar.