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Old 05-19-2008, 06:24 AM   #1
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Hello all,

I am just about done with my basement project except for the home bar. I am an average woodworker, but enthusiastic enought to take on a reasonable challenge! I would like to build an L shaped dry bar approximately 8' or 9' in length.

Does anyone have suggestions or plans that I can check out? How much space is suggested from the wall to the back of the bar? I hate to purchase a premade bar if one of my fellow DYI'ers can assist.

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Old 05-19-2008, 01:40 PM   #2
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I built this about 8/10 years ago. It's red oak.

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Here's another, more recent one. More of an entertainment center/dry bar. It's got a distressed black finish.

It does have an undercounter fridge (second cabinet from left) and a keg cooler (second from right), along with a display case for a keg (it's signed from the brewers of Yuengling beer)

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As far as space at the back of the bar, standard is 24" deep x 34 1/2" tall cabinets (like your kitchen) with the countertop bringing height up to 36".

That depth/height will be necessary if you are planning on an undercounter fridge/wine cooler etc. Standard depth for those is 24" as well.

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Here are some drawings I did for a bar a few years ago...never got built. (at least, not by me)

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Oh well. I just returned from a trip to the pool table/hot tub/home bar store. Anything decent will cost around $1200 +. I also perused Craig's list and may check out a bar for sale in a day or so.

Somebody out there who knows how to cut wood has to have a plans for a home bar and is willing to share them.

Thanks to all who responded earlier.

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Whatever you decide to do.......


Make sure you leave room in the budget to FILL THAT SUCKER FULL OF BOOZE!
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Here's a link to some drawings, including bars and others....


http://www.premierbasements.com/tmbs2.htm

Maybe you can get some ideas for your space.

J

P.S. You can always have someone custom design it for you (of course, this usually costs some money).
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Does anyone have suggestions or plans that I can check out? How much space is suggested from the wall to the back of the bar? I hate to purchase a premade bar if one of my fellow DYI'ers can assist.
I was going to offer my advice but then I saw Jay's pictures and figured, why bother? He's obviously the person to consult! (Wow, Jay. I'm totally stunned by your craftsmanship and attention to details. I'm still reeling in my lower jaw as I type).

The only thing I will add is that www.rockler.com offers quite a bit of specialty hardware for making something like this depending on the design/look you're after. You can find all kinds of railing/tubular footrest parts, cool hinges, etc.
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Thanks, but don't let that stop you from offering any advice. You never know where an idea will come from that suits your situation. I agree with with checking out rockler, they've got some cool stuff.

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There are a lot of ways to handle this. Do you want a single level bar? How about 2 tier like in a kitchen? Many home bars are based on 34 1/2" kitchen cabinets. Put them on a platform for a single level bar or build a wall to create a second tier.

As far as filling it up, when you unveil the finished basement, you can have a "stock the bar" party.

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