African Mahogany Standing Bar

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Project by Lee Scott posted 01-29-2018 02:46 PM 1246 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this all African Mahogany standing bar for a customer back in 2016.
I used a process of wood dying then 2-3 coats of shellac to seal. Sanded to 220 then varnish as a final coat and really make the grain pop.
To make the bar elbow rest moldings i setup for a cove on the table saw then cut the slots where the molding would fit into the bar top then rounded over each end. I have more pictures of the process if you want to see them.
I made a couple quick bar top cutting boards and a bottle opener: all from AM also.
The brass bar around the bottom is all full 2”.
I learnt quite a bit about the wood dying process and the use of shellac flakes with denatured alcohol in the project.
Would love to hear from anyone else that also dyes wood and see some examples of their projects. I love the way dye dosent mask the grain as much as stain does.

-- "Once you stop learning, you start dying" - Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 01-29-2018 02:54 PM

Very Nice and Well Done Lee!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#2 posted 01-29-2018 05:20 PM

That’s really beautiful.

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Scott Oldre

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#3 posted 01-29-2018 11:38 PM

nicely done. Love the sizing of the elbow rest. And the color is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#4 posted 01-30-2018 01:22 AM

Great job an this bar. I hope you raise a glass or two ! Mahogany dyed looks amazing.

-- AJ

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#5 posted 01-30-2018 05:10 AM

Beautiful Bar. Nicely done.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#6 posted 01-30-2018 06:32 PM

Man that’s a beautiful bar! I like the combination of the mahogany and the brass—very nice! I’d definitely enjoy a bourbon or two at this beauty!

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

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#7 posted 01-30-2018 07:57 PM

True work of art. It would be pleasure to work on it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Lee Scott

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#8 posted 01-31-2018 10:41 AM

Thanks so much for all the kind words on the bar: and yes indeed a fair few drinks have been enjoyed at the helm.

-- "Once you stop learning, you start dying" - Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 02-01-2018 11:13 AM

A Beautiful Bar, Great workmanship, Job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#10 posted 02-02-2018 04:26 AM

I won’t use oil stains EVER again. I use dyes exclusively now. I like the Transfast brand from Jeff Jewitt. BTW, really nice bar too.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#11 posted 02-03-2018 12:20 AM

Excellent workmanship. Love the bar.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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