Walnut and Spalted Maple Home Bar

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Project by Brrman posted 02-02-2011 08:43 PM 2911 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project took me about 4 months to complete back in 2007. I had never built a bar before, but I figured its just a bunch of cabinets put together right? Well, a little more complicated than that.

The raised panels are all spalted soft maple (colored with Transtint dye), and the rails/stiles are walnut. The bar top has a walnut bar rail (outsourced) and a maple burl veneer that I got off ebay. Glueing down that veneer was nerve racking to say the least. I used veener tape to join three pieces to one and it came out great.

Finally added the kegerator and taps, touchscreen monitor for the soundsystem, and some under cab mood lighting and I have been enjoying it ever since! Thanks for looking!

-- "Being a perfectionist does not make one perfect..."

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#1 posted 02-02-2011 09:03 PM

it looks great. It came out really good. I like the color.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 02-02-2011 09:11 PM

I had the opportunity to see Brrman’s bar in person on Sunday. Believe me, the pictures just don’t do the bar justice!!! Brrman, as we discussed Sunday, it’s beautiful. I love the veneer bar top and it is the icing on the cake. Well done, and you have every right to be very proud of your efforts.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#3 posted 02-02-2011 10:02 PM


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#4 posted 02-03-2011 12:40 AM

turned out real you can enjoy it for many years

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#5 posted 02-03-2011 12:46 AM

nice work… i would like to ask for some of your learnings regarding the veneer top… check my blog, i have a similar bar where i plan to use veneer. lrgest piece will be 18” x 96”

what did you finish it with? i been told this is the best stuff

As you know I can only afford one shot at this so i am researching heavily and trying to find the perfect veneer… quilted maple would be first choice

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#6 posted 02-03-2011 03:29 AM

Nice work.

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#7 posted 02-04-2011 10:05 PM

what did you finish it with?
Brian – I did use a pour-on epoxy for the bartop caller MirrorCoat. It is quite expensive. I know some other guys who have used another brand “Envirotech” from Menards that was less pricey and looks great.

It is quite a tense moment when pouring the epoxy on the bartop. MAKE SURE your bartop is level or it will be uneven and load up on one side. Also, try to prefill any micro areas where air might be trapped in the veneer. I had small bubbles coming up from the veneer after pouring. Most came to the top and popped but there were some that got stuck.

Thanks all, for the comments!

-- "Being a perfectionist does not make one perfect..."

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#8 posted 08-07-2019 12:01 PM


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