Bar with Bottle Cap Bar Top

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Project by dakremer posted 08-27-2010 03:02 AM 8647 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my very first woodworking project ever, and my very first time designing something, and is what got me into woodworking. I did this about 2 years ago for my girlfriend and her roommates. They wanted a tiny bar for their apartment. It is made from birch plywood and some plexiglass, and of course a ton of bottle caps. This was before I had any knowledge what so ever on staining techniques, finishing techniques, etc. I wish I could do it over again, because i used a stain/poly all-in-one spray can i think (haha) and its horrible. Oh well. it was fun making, and even more fun gathering all of the bottle caps…...lots of nights i dont remember :) enjoy. Thanks

PS You can see on the back that i dont have a rail to keep the bottle caps from falling out….i keep meaning to make one, but you know how that goes…”i’ll do it when i get around to it”.....

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 08-27-2010 07:20 PM

A good project to begin

have you drink all the beers or anothers drinks before to have the caps ?

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#2 posted 08-28-2010 12:51 AM

we had about 20 or so bottle caps to start….the rest we drank until we had enough :) haha….it was quite the journey and it was gratifying moment when we had enough caps to fill it

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#3 posted 08-28-2010 01:12 PM

This is funny… My 3 roomates built an end table like this in college from a half sheet of plywood and some solid wood strips back in college (about 10 years ago). It is still in my buddy’s basement rec room, much to his wife’s chagrin. The difference is that we mitered the edging all the way around the top then poured mirror coat epoxy over the top of all the bottle caps. We also did the other cool thing at the time where we lined the top of the cabinets with empty bottles of booze filled with detergent so when we had a house party it would glow in the black light lamps. Brings back some hazy memories for sure!

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#4 posted 08-31-2010 07:34 AM

Interesting piece… I have a few thousand bottle caps kicking around with a similar project in mind…
Thanks for the inspiration…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#5 posted 09-10-2010 05:21 PM

This is pretty cool. I’ve been saving caps from some of the local breweries to make coasters with. I was looking at doing what Konquest did and pour epoxy over them.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#6 posted 09-14-2010 02:02 AM

Jason – epoxy probably would have been better. But we were trying to be SOMEWHAT cheap, and we got the plexiglass for free – so had to go with it!! epoxy definitely would be a lot better!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#7 posted 11-23-2010 08:15 AM

Thats pretty cool!

-- Happy woodworking!

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