• In this how-to video, learn how to build a backyard bar from a salvaged cast-iron sink

    1. Assemble the bench kit, leaving off the upper shelf. Next, cut a piece of scrap wood to the length of the bench top and secure it to the back edge with 1½-inch stainless-steel screws. Combined with wood braces that link the strip to the bench’s back legs, the assembly will give the bench extra strength to hold the 50-pound sink.

    2. Measure the basin on all four sides to calculate how big a hole to make in the bench top to fit the sink inside.

    3. Trace the outline of the basin on the bench top, using a framing square and a ­carpenter’s pencil.

    4. Slice along the lines with a jigsaw. To reinforce the sides of the opening, use 1-inch screws to secure two of the cut wood slats beneath the bench top, one perpendicular to its boards on the right and one on the left.

    5. Lift the sink and carefully ease the basin into the cutout in the bench top.

    6. Seal around the sink with clear silicone caulk. For a crisp line, lay painter’s tape along the gap between the sink lip and the wood top.

    7. Attach the upper shelf unit by driving 1½-inch screws into the bench’s predrilled holes.

    8. Twist eyebolts into the underside of the bench frame at the corners and in the center. Predrill holes first to keep the wood from splitting.

    9. Cut three dowels to the length of the bench top’s sides and front to serve as curtain rods. Slip the dowels through the eyebolts, and attach the fabric curtain. Then crack open the tequila, start mixing, and toast a job well done.

    TOH Tip: Stains can mean the difference between a $100 and a $400 sink. So get the cheap one and clean it outside. Pour on a 50-50 mix of muriatic acid and water. Wait 10 seconds, then hit it with a garden hose. To be safe, wear gloves and eye protection.
    —Josh White, Salvage Dealer, Barnegat, N.J.
    • Difficulty: Moderate
      If you're handy with a drill/driver and a jigsaw, you're golden
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      1. Salvaged cast-iron sink

      2. Potting bench kit

      3. Sunbrella fabric

      4. Stainless steel screws

      5. Silicone caulk

      6. Dowels

      7. Painter's Tape