The Figura Bar

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Project by Thos. Angle posted 01-21-2009 07:01 PM 2877 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It took us two years but the client and I finally got together on this one. She wanted a small bar with a top. The bar is 60 inches long and 40 inches high. It could only be 18 inches wide because of the the pool table. Red Oak was the wood of choice and simplicity the order of the day. The corners are mitered and biscuited. The top is 4/4 with a shop-built bar rail. The panels are 1/4 Oak ply. When I drew it in sketch up, I added the dentil molding around the top and then added it to the bar. The lock is to keep the teenagers out of the booze. All hardware is from Woodcraft. There is a shelf inside.

She also wanted a small corner bistro table to match. The table is pie shaped so I glued up wedges of 4/4 to make the top. It was planned to screw the table to a wall stud from the beginning. The way it is designed it is a little prone to tipping forward. When Carleen shot the photo I then saw the sawdust on top. OOPS!!

The finish which the client chose was Dark Walnut Danish Oil topped with oil base polyurethane. I put 6 coats on the bar top and the little corner table top and three on the rest. Topped it off with Min-wax furniture wax and a good polishing.

Sorry the photos aren’t up to par, but oh, well…......

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Bob #2

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#1 posted 01-21-2009 07:09 PM

Nice work Thom.
I’m not real fussy about the tippy table but your execution is, as always, excellent.
It’s surprising what you can put into a small space when you put you mind to it.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#2 posted 01-21-2009 07:14 PM

Beautiful bar, Thomas! Is the client going to put a mirror in there?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-21-2009 07:18 PM

Very nice, Thos! Looks great! I’m really starting to appreciate how a wax finish just glows. What kind of lights did you use? Are they going to hang a mirror or art behind it? I like the little table. It’s amazing how a camera will pick up sawdust that you don’t see otherwise.

Kids are resourceful – they better hide those keys! I did a wine cabinet with the magnetic child safety locks once … the kids were trying to figure out the secret before I had even left the house.

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 01-21-2009 07:22 PM

The mirror is in the frame. it just shows the wall color from the side wall. I forgot to mention the lights. they’re those little round black things you get at Lowes’s??? Three of ‘em.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 01-21-2009 07:22 PM

Very pretty oak, some of it looks like it’s quater-sawn? Beautiful work.

-- half the fun of playing a guitar is building it first

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#6 posted 01-21-2009 07:43 PM

Very nice , I bet she loves it , the finish looks great.

-- JohnShackleford,North Carolina

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#7 posted 01-21-2009 08:22 PM

Beautiful job Thos. Love that wood. The grain just pops. Did you make the dentil molding? Way cool. Just cool all around. I’d like to make something like it, I think I can.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 01-21-2009 09:16 PM

New commission…whoo-hoo!
Looks good Tom. As for keeping the kids out of the hooch
I’m sure it’s an escalating arms race of security vs. counter security. I wish those parents well, but my money is on the kids.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 01-21-2009 10:27 PM

Mike, I made the dentil molding. The wood just came out of a unit at Lumber Products. It is just flat sawn but some of it, of course, comes out Quarter sawn.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 01-21-2009 10:32 PM

Beautiful pieces love the finish, bet the client is very pleased

-- Larry, North Carolina,

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#11 posted 01-21-2009 10:52 PM

this is a particularly nice piece i would welcome it in my home.Not too dark or fussy light and well designed Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 01-22-2009 12:33 AM

very nice work as always thos. i might be just slightly disappointed theres no leather on it tho !! lol great job

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#13 posted 01-22-2009 01:05 AM

Looking Good. Glad to see you are at least a little busy.

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#14 posted 01-22-2009 01:12 AM

Really nice Tom, glad to your getting some things to do. Its starting to hit us now too.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#15 posted 01-22-2009 03:02 AM

Hi Thomas

Really love your cabinet! I always liked panel sides. Another beautiful piece by one of the master craftsman. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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