Trimming out a new restaurant

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Project by Julian posted 11-01-2008 04:49 PM 2269 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let me first say that with the economy slowing down, it’s nice to still be working steadily. This is what I have been working on for the past few weeks. It was my first chance to build a bar completely from scratch. I built the bar, cabinets, and even milled the crown molding. It was alot of fun to build, and the underlit shelves turned out pretty nice. I didn’t have a chance to get pics of the bar without the dropcloths as the painters were working overhead yesterday. The restaurant is having a party in two weeks for everyone involved in the construction, so I will take some more pictures then.

Here is the arched openings that I made with bent laminated 1/4” plywood for the tops.

This was a cool little project. The underlit signs for the mens and womens restrooms.

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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#1 posted 11-01-2008 04:56 PM

Nice work. I like the arches

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#2 posted 11-01-2008 05:27 PM

beautiful!!! specatcular job…I hope this means you get free bar priveleges as long as they stay open…tell them that is a construction mantra…the longer you get a free beer means they are in business a long time…ummm…

Hey seriously…you are very talented!!!

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#3 posted 11-01-2008 05:55 PM

Wow. That is certainly a nice bar, great job.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too [email protected]#$%

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#4 posted 11-01-2008 06:37 PM

Very nice bar.
How did you bend 1/4” plywood?
And do take picture of the bar-counter top if you have chance to.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 11-01-2008 06:37 PM

Thanks for the post.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 11-01-2008 08:02 PM

Really beautiful. Great job, adds totally to a class atmosphere. Would love to see the bar uncovered. Great lighting idea and the overhead is a nice touch.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 11-01-2008 09:07 PM


It was really simple. All I did was to figure the height difference from the top, to the center of the arch. From there I drew the opening dimensions on a sheet of plywood and tacked blocks around the lines to hold the pieces in place. Then I spread titebond 2 glue on the 3-1/4” pieces to make the top, and bent them around the blocks, and then nailed the jamb together, and shot some pin nails through the top layers to help hold the arch. This way, could put the jamb in the opening right away and could keep on working. After I got the jamb in the opening, I shimmed it level, and plumb. This took care of the natural tendency of the plywood to spring back.

I’m not a very good descriptive writer, so if this didn’t help you, let me know, and I’ll try and elaborate better.

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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#8 posted 11-02-2008 05:27 AM

Thanks Julian, I got the message.
I was thinking that the arch was fabricated (bent) at your workshop.


-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 11-03-2008 03:19 PM


Everything was built onsite for this job. The owner was building by the seat of his pants, so I had to hold his hand most of the way through construction. If I had built it at my shop, I would have made a true jig for the tops, but improvising on the job worked well. I love the challenge of figuring out how to make things work with limited resources.

Here’s a picture of a window that I built earlier this year using 1/8” baltic birch plywood, and African mahogany using the bent lamination technique in my shop. The beveled leaded glass wasn’t yet installed, and they weren’t stained yet.

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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#10 posted 11-03-2008 07:03 PM

Thanks for the additional photos and info. I learned new thing now.

Take care and work safe.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 12-24-2009 08:18 PM

Nice work.

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#12 posted 01-24-2013 04:05 AM

Beautiful work. Economy slowing here too


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