Wall hanging bar

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Project by IanWellako posted 12-28-2019 05:51 PM 1105 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a 20th anniversary gift for my brother and sister-in-law. Their house is made with exposed reclaimed barn lumber beams. I couldn’t find the right match of wood so I used knotty alder and distressed it and applied very stains and finishes until it matched the look of their old barn beams. The front comes down to create a bar surface for pouring drinks and the glass front cabinet has racks for wine glasses. The top left small cabinet flips up and stores shot glasses and tumblers. The main body is for liquor storage and the bottom left and top compartments are for wine. There’s a large drawer that is for storing the various utensils one would use in a bar. I ordered some of the hardware from some online vintage sites, I also picked up some when I visited Norm Abram’s favorite place Old Sturbridge Village. The alder is roughly 3/4 inch and is laminated over a 3/4 inch plywood frame, so it’s very sturdy. There’s a French cleat that runs along the entire length on the back that is used to hang it on the wall.

-- - Joe

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#1 posted 12-28-2019 08:36 PM

nice work looks like it’s a hundred years old.

-- 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 12-28-2019 11:23 PM

Great looking hanging bar! I agree with pottz it does look very old. I like it!

PS. I’ve been to Old Sturbridge Village eon’s ago!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 12-29-2019 02:28 AM

Awesome looking bar. Clever design and so useful.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 12-29-2019 02:32 AM

That is very cool.
Great job with the build and with the antiqueing.
Nice Job!

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#5 posted 12-29-2019 02:42 AM

Sharp looking and the Knotty Alder has a great look when used and finished like this. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#6 posted 12-29-2019 11:49 AM

Looks a bit like beatle kill pine. I bet it fits in well with the home you described. Nicley done.

-- Petey

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#7 posted 12-29-2019 11:16 PM

Nice design and execution. What a great gift!

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

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