Mom's Coffee Bar

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Project by MT_Stringer posted 01-29-2016 02:48 AM 1060 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mom asked for a coffee bar. OK. One coffee bar coming right up. There was an existing opening in the wall where a window had been decades ago. I cased it out to make a pass through, complete with a thick shelf. The trim matches the windows in the room my dad installed about 20 years ago.

The bar is 60×18 inches x 36 inches high. I used 3/4 inch pre-finished birch plywood for the sides and bottom. The face frame was constructed using poplar and pocket screw construction. The drawers have soft close ball bearing full extension drawer slides and the doors have Blum soft close hinges. I built the drawers from 1/2 inch Baltic birch plywood.

This was a fun project built to her specs. She didn’t want any shelves so there is a lot of storage behind the doors. She wouldn’t let me cut the existing base molding so I had to allow for that also by setting the rear bottom support inboard by 1 inch. She said if the house sells, the bar goes with her! :-)

The laminated counter top matches the cabinets I built previously for her tiny kitchen.

Along the way, I had a little help with the painting. :-) Any time our grand daughter comes to visit, she asks if she an help. This time, she got to do some painting. My sweetie (cabinet installer) was on hand to help make everything look good.

Mom is a happy camper. I told her it was her Christmas and birthday present.

Hope you approve.

My plan.

Original view (including the photobomber – great grandson)

Pass through shelf ready for sanding/paint

My helpers!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 02-15-2016 06:10 PM

Looks great, and as a bonus you got the family involved!

Wish i could do more of that with my projects.

-- Mat

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#2 posted 02-15-2016 10:43 PM

Thanks. She loves it.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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