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Old 11-07-2007, 09:33 AM   #1
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First, I am terrible at taking before / after / progress photos but this is what I got.

Anyway, I built a home bar after shopping around for prebuilt things that just didnt fit my needs. I used birch veneer plywood over 2x2 frame. Bar top is a double layer of .75in Birch. Bar back counter is a preformed from lowes (cant beat $50). . . .
This has about 5 coats of poly on most of the bar... the bar top has 8 coats

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Old 11-07-2007, 03:17 PM   #2
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this is great... I like one too... don't know when though.... how much you spent on material... did you use any plan to build it or everything is up in your head... or you draw it down on papers before doing it.... I am an entry level furniture maker as you can see my other thread for the first book case I built.... one day I would like to be able to build things like that... do you use router for this and do you need a router table?... see I have a lot of questions...
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Old 11-07-2007, 04:55 PM   #3
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Nice work. Who's got the first round?
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Old 11-07-2007, 05:17 PM   #4
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this is great... I like one too... don't know when though.... how much you spent on material... did you use any plan to build it or everything is up in your head... or you draw it down on papers before doing it.... I am an entry level furniture maker as you can see my other thread for the first book case I built.... one day I would like to be able to build things like that... do you use router for this and do you need a router table?... see I have a lot of questions...
this is the first significant piece of furniture I've built. I bought plans from one of those online bar plan sites and frankly, they were crap. They were useful to tell me the proper height ... thats about it. I had to modify it to fit the space, where i wanted the 'L', where I wanted the sink, etc so its all in my head.

Didnt use a router at all ... i am the noobiest of noobs when it comes to routing. All the ddecorative edges, trim, etc were purchased from Home Depot. I think overall, I had less than $1000 in this which includes the wine chiller
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I understand your saying about "plan", got similar experience with a "closet plan" before, but they do have some ingradient like you said, dimensions etc... then like you said, you have to use your own custom mind to completely do everything base on your own idea/thought which will end up better than their suggestions in all angles....

unfortunately, they still have a little important values which tell you the initial dimensions/examples which increase your confident of doing it on your own once you study them.... it is way better than starting from nothing... but then I think a library book will do the same...
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Very impressive! Nice work.

Does it stay with the house if you move? Doesn't look like it will fit through any doors. lol
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I understand your saying about "plan", got similar experience with a "closet plan" before, but they do have some ingradient like you said, dimensions etc... then like you said, you have to use your own custom mind to completely do everything base on your own idea/thought which will end up better than their suggestions in all angles....

unfortunately, they still have a little important values which tell you the initial dimensions/examples which increase your confident of doing it on your own once you study them.... it is way better than starting from nothing... but then I think a library book will do the same...
Examples are always good to work from. . . coming up with your own can be difficult. For example, my "bar" in college was little more than some egg crates and an old closet door
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Very impressive! Nice work.

Does it stay with the house if you move? Doesn't look like it will fit through any doors. lol
nah, that isnt going anywhere. . . its a selling point
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:47 AM   #9
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where did you get the rail from I need one
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where did you get the rail from I need one

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wow I love this..gives my hubby some Ideas lol
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wow I love this..gives my hubby some Ideas lol
cool thanks. Let me know if you have any questions. . .


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WOW! I am very impressed! It's good to hear that a noob can tackle a task like this one, and pull it off as well as you did! How long did it take you? Did you tile the floor as well, or was it already like that? What did you do for the drain? I've been thinking about doing this for a very long time, just haven't gotten the nerve (or funds) to do it! lol

Once again, nicely done!
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WOW! I am very impressed! It's good to hear that a noob can tackle a task like this one, and pull it off as well as you did! How long did it take you? Did you tile the floor as well, or was it already like that? What did you do for the drain? I've been thinking about doing this for a very long time, just haven't gotten the nerve (or funds) to do it! lol

Once again, nicely done!
it took me a couple months to complete the bar... mostly working after i got home from work. I also tiled the floor beneath the bar. The drain goes through the wall on the right - there is a drain stack for the kitchen sink above that i tied it into.
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Nice work. Who's got the first round?
I got the first two rounds...For as many people who can fit around the bar. Nice job. That thing could return a thousand percent on resale. SWEET.

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