Boat Bow Wine Bar

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Project by gdcarpenter posted 04-04-2019 08:44 PM 1072 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Almost a decade ago I purchased a 15’ Century Palomino and sold the homemade GlenL design ‘ZIP’ boat I had built. Plan was to resurrect the old woody, but, as they say, “When you make plans God laughs”! Now retired, I finally realized I enjoyed the building far more than boating for boating’s sake. I had already made several frames and a new stem, but decided to not to poocede with the whole boat resurrection.

Not wanting to waste the beautiful woodwork it was time for Plan ‘B’, and create smaller individual projects. This is my first.

As I had all the planking off I sanded the red bilge coat paint off the inside of all the planking, leaving a warm mahogany glow on the inside of the boat. I then used satin varnish to soften the look further. The battens and frames were left with the original red bilge coat intact.

All planking and decking is original, and OEM Century red filler stain used for the planking. The deck boards were bleached and I used a blonde filler stain. The self supports are the original transom knees, and even use the original bronze carriage head bolts for attachment to the frame. The shelf is a new piece of white oak, again using the blonde stain.

The lattice work wine rack was a PITA, and uses some Peroba wood that I luckily found duriimg a work related garage demo some time back. At about 60 lb. per board foot it’s heavy and strong, straight grained, and the lattice pieces are 5/8” X 5/8”. The square openings are 3 9/16” X 3 9/16” and will accept the somewhat larger Bordeaux bottles and some smallish champagne bottles. It holds 16 bottles as at the left and rightmost slots on the top row the boat tapers inward too much.It will hold fifteen 9” tall wine glasses.

There are three 12” LED under cabinet lights inside, operated by a dimmer switch on the right side. The left side switch Is also a dimmer used for the floor lamp that I adapted. The floor lamp will rotate about 35 degrees to either side, but the amount of swing is adjustable. I also ran power to an outlet on the forward side of one of the deck frames. A little step down transformer, 120 Volt AC to 12 Volt DC, plugs into that outlet, with the DC output line run to a toggle switch at the front, so the bow light actually lights up!

I added the casters after I had the feet/stand built as I felt the extra height would make it more comfortable to work at and use. She’s now a little under 42” tall to the top of the deck at the highest point, 58” wide at the front, and about 48” deep including the depth of the shelf. Cleaned up the original hardware as best as I could for a 60 some year old boat.

Now the wife tells me it doesn’t fit or work in our home so I am looking for a new home for it. On to the next project!

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#1 posted 04-04-2019 08:52 PM

This is fantastic work…
But PLEASE Turn the daggum pix right side up.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#2 posted 04-04-2019 09:18 PM

This is fantastic work…
But PLEASE Turn the daggum pix right side up.

- Underdog

This is fantastic work…
But PLEASE Turn the daggum pix right side up.

- Underdog

i agree,im dizzy, but i will say thats a cool bar,a real shame you have to get rid of it.

-- 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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#3 posted 04-04-2019 10:21 PM

Wow this is fantastic, I would have loved the boat also but great that you didn’t waste it.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#4 posted 04-04-2019 10:21 PM

man that is a cool Chris Craft bar!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 04-05-2019 12:38 AM


-- Gary, Florida

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#6 posted 04-05-2019 12:55 AM

Honestly , from what I saw of your project it was absolutely brilliant, problem was I got sea sick before I could view all the pics,

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#7 posted 04-05-2019 01:51 AM

Very cool build. Keep the bar, get rid of … ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 04-05-2019 02:18 AM

Unbelievable idea! Reminds me of my old Thompson…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#9 posted 04-05-2019 06:54 AM

This looks incredible! You realy saved that boat.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 04-05-2019 03:29 PM

I wasn’t sure about this when you posted questions about mounting the casters, but I have to say it turned out wonderfully. Too bad about that wet blanket tossed on your vision. Maybe you can use it seasonally in the yard? Or maybe ship it to Kennebunkport. Bet the Kennedys would love as boat themed bar poolside.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#11 posted 04-05-2019 06:43 PM

Just wow !

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#12 posted 04-07-2019 12:39 AM

I have got to agree with everyone. That is just a pretty darn cool piece of work. It must be a big hit and gathering place for all your family and friends.

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