Basement Wet Bar

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Project by tooldad posted 12-01-2008 06:34 AM 25994 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend and co-worker asked me to help him out with his dad’s basement bar this summer. He now admits what he was really asking was for him to help me do his dad’s basement bar. After all he is the math teacher and I am the shop teacher.

We replaced a 2×2 framed structure with T-111 siding.

Cabinets were built from prefinished maple ply, with oak face frames and raised panel doors. It is so nice to have a spindle line drill. This was the first project I was able to use it on. The front panel is 104” long and 40” tall. It required about 50 bd ft of oak. Each panel was made from a select stock approx 8” wide and 9ft long. Then add the framing material. It took 3 of us to glue the 13 pc monstrosicity together.

Had a lot of fun and frustration during the project. But always worth it in the end.

Still waiting on Dewalt to call me. I entered this project in the top 17 trim carpenter project. Just checked my phone again, no messages. nope, not now either. better luck next time I guess.

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#1 posted 12-01-2008 04:32 PM

Very nice, that can challenge the gluing talent!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 12-01-2008 06:35 PM

so the last picture is the finished job right? a retro 70’s paneling? Nice Job!! Who did the old wet bar out of oak that you replaced??? That guy is a great woodworkier too!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 12-02-2008 04:28 AM

forgot to add this part. Since my buddy was a math teacher, I made the “assumption” he could measure. (see where this is going?) For the most part he can. While building the drawers, he evidently had a brain fart. I will have to alter my lesson plans because the math teacher thinks that 7/16” and 7/8” are the same. The drawer was to be 29 7/16” wide and he set up a stop block and cut them to 29 7/8”. They were all dovetailed and glued before the problem was discovered. What really sucked is that we were using prefinished drawer stock. $17 a drawer, down the drain. I will find something else to use the drawers for. Probably an under the bed dresser for my son’s room.

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#4 posted 12-05-2008 03:34 PM

very nice work!!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 12-14-2008 07:34 PM

Whoaa! Great before and after! What a difference!

Nice job there.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 05-25-2010 05:21 PM

looks good, great wood selection

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#7 posted 05-25-2010 05:27 PM

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