Out Door Cedar Bar

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Project by Bob Kollman posted 07-18-2010 04:20 PM 6746 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an outdoor cedar bar that I built for a church fund raiser. I found the plan for it in wood magazine.
It’s a really fun project to build, lots of rabbits to cut, all the front and side boards are rabbited to over lap one another. The inside has a high shelf that you can use to store napkins and small items, the bottom will fit a large cooler. When you are not using the bar you can fold down the inside shelf and store your bar stools in it. The top is simply two boards dadoed out and the slats are tenoned to slide into the dado’s.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#1 posted 07-18-2010 04:39 PM

Great job, just finished working with Cedar. Got a be careful with the sawdust, it really messed up my sinuses until I started wearing a mask.
Looks great.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#2 posted 07-18-2010 04:39 PM

That looks pretty darn good!

When does the Bar open? :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 07-18-2010 04:40 PM

nice , bob ,

looks like a good outdoor piece ,
and compact is good .

well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 07-18-2010 04:43 PM

Bob A great looking piece. Hope that the fund raiser goes well.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 07-18-2010 05:47 PM

This is really a beautiful piece! I love it. The cedar is beautiful and should go well.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 07-18-2010 05:59 PM

Really nice. I will remember your problem with ceder dust as I would like to use that wood in some projects if I can find some around here that is not from a big box store. grrrrr.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#7 posted 07-18-2010 06:26 PM

Nice bar and stools I hope the church makes a lot on it…...................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#8 posted 07-18-2010 06:41 PM

Thanks folks,

Joe, I think a christian tea toddler bought it, so it will more then likely be a cool aide bar.

Karlson, I gave it to the Pastor 2 years ago, I think they sold it at a silent auction (you write in your bid),
I have no idea what they got for it.

Randy, all the wood was from a big box store. The 4X4’s were dripping wet, so I had to get new ones from the hard wood guy, otherwise: The rest of the wood was really dry. Our hardwood supplier charges about 5.50 a board foot, the big box store came in around 3.50 a BF. The big box store here also sells the cedar rough as true 4/4 stock. With the cheaper wood you just try to cut out the loose knots, and with the remaining you just try to have
the less knotty side facing out. If you notice the one chair it has a huge knot that fell out of the leg, I had to pick that knot off the floor and epoxy it back in place at a later time.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 07-18-2010 10:26 PM

Last friday I got some western aromatic ceder from my dealer. it was 2.40 a board foot. They don’t have a huge selection of wood, just a Mom and Pop operation. And the closest to me without driving 58 miles to a big box store. I haven’t found out about any others around here. Oh, they are about 5 miles away from me.

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#10 posted 07-18-2010 10:34 PM

I love the bar!

I have the issue of Wood for this. Might have to tackle it myself.

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#11 posted 07-19-2010 03:38 AM

Looks great! Just wondering what type of cedar?

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#12 posted 07-20-2010 03:03 AM

What issue was it in?

-- Mark-

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Bob Kollman

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#13 posted 07-20-2010 07:16 AM

It was issue 184 july 2008.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#14 posted 03-06-2012 12:55 AM

Nice job on the outdoor bar

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#15 posted 08-12-2012 11:55 PM

I know I’m alittle late on this, alot late, but I just found this after reading your post about This Old House. Congrats by the way. I love this bar. I was wondering if you have seen it since you built it. Would love to know how it weathered. It looks great and I think I need one under my cabin in the future.

-- Janice

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