Oak Basement Bar

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Project by JBWelker posted 08-24-2016 05:20 PM 1664 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What seems like forever ago, my wife and I decided that we wanted to finish out about half of our basement. Instead of hiring it out, I decided that I would just work on it in my spare time and save us some money. A year and a half later, and it is (mostly) completed…

My wife and I both agreed that our basement would need a wet bar. Interestingly enough, deciding on where it would go and the layout of it became the toughest thing to nail down. In the end, it turned out a little smaller than I had originally planned on, but we are both happy overall.

The bar is made of solid red oak with the exception of the insides of the cabinet which are oak plywood. The paneling and cabinet doors were done with shiplapped panels with slightly chamfered edges to emphasize each panel and float in their frames. The top was made from t&g wood flooring planks, and the bar rail was milled at a local saw mill (it was quite pricey). My wife chose the stain, which ended up being one coat of GF antique walnut gel stain followed by one coat of GF java gel stain. I finished the bar and sink top with Behrens gloss rock hard bar top finish and everything else with satin Arm-R-Seal.

-- Josh, Missouri

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#1 posted 08-24-2016 06:18 PM

great job josh looks real nice,now what time is happy hour at your bar,ill bring the nuts-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 08-24-2016 11:56 PM

That’s a fantastic looking bar! It really transforms the basement into a place that you’d want to hang out in, put some Louis Armstrong on the speakers, and sip a fine whisky.

Speaking of which, looks like you could use a little bourbon under there…....!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 08-26-2016 02:07 AM

Wonderful looking bar. I just don’t see how you could have made it any nicer than it is.

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#4 posted 08-27-2016 01:58 AM

Nice job!

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