Outdoor Bar made of re-purposed barn cypress

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Project by Paulgibs posted 07-07-2014 03:06 PM 1127 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My buddy needed something to contain the propane tank for his indoor fireplace. The concept for this project started out as a utilitarian “bench” with a fold-up lid to allow access to the propane bottles. Before long, the idea morphed into an outdoor bar with granite top. Access to the propane bottles is through the door on the left of the bar.

All of the wood for this project is recycled cypress from an old barn I tore down about 20 years ago. The barn was originally constructed in 1904. Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to obtain several barns that had fallen into disrepair. The usual arrangement is that I promise the landowner that I will completely clean the area of their ancestors’ barns in exchange for whatever materials I can salvage. I always follow through on my promise; I remove everything from the area, disposing of anything I can’t salvage.

There are fewer barns around these days, but if you look, you can still find them. Since the loft in my own barn is pretty full of old cypress boards, I don’t look for barns to demolish and salvage as hard as I used to…

-- Paul, Lafayette, Louisiana

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#1 posted 07-07-2014 04:12 PM

This is very nice.

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#2 posted 07-07-2014 05:10 PM

Very nice, very clean looking. Job well done.

-- Gary, California

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#3 posted 07-09-2014 02:23 AM

Thank you both for your kind words. This was a very enjoyable project that demonstrated to me that design is every bit as important as execution, and that I have much to learn in both areas.

-- Paul, Lafayette, Louisiana

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