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Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 03-19-2011 05:44 PM 2620 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dear Lumberjocks

I will tell you another little piece of my private history…

My son Eduardo got married recently and I offered him a wedding gift that should be chosen by him according to his needs. So, he did not choose any of the usual gifts but instead he requested from me something much more special: to devise and manufacture a customized liquor bar to fit to a specific corner of his apartment.

Such a moral assignment put a high responsibility on me: how to make something so casual in an outstanding way? I spent months wondering about that question, trying to get rid of the usual home bar standards. An additional problem was his recommendation that the desired bar should be composed by the horizontal board only, because it should be installed in the veranda of his apartment where the stormy rains would probably soak and damage any lower compartment.

Suddenly I was stricken by an idea: what about building a wooden surface around an artistic ironwork? And what about adding a sheet of glass over the ironwork and an opaque acrylic sheet under it, from where some lighting would come? What about that bar being supported by an artistic cast iron bracket affixed to the wall?

Then I reminded of a unique piece of wrought iron that I had scavenged from a scrap yard in the 1970’s. It is a vintage and exceptional blacksmith artwork that was presumably imported from Spain in the beginning of the 1900’s, since it has no electric-welded junctions (only rivets and rings). Once approved the project, I bought some 3” thick pieces of Ipe (Tabebuia serratifolia) – a very hard Brazilian wood – and took them to my apartment where I spent the whole 2011 Carnival holiday working hard. A puzzling observation: the ipe wood sawdust is originally yellowish; however it becomes intensively red once it gets in touch with water (alkalic reaction).

Only hand tools were used. The finishing was done with polyurethane varnish.
Dimensions: 52” long x 23” wide x 2 6/8” thick

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My email: [email protected]

Best Regards,

-- Dilo

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#1 posted 03-19-2011 06:03 PM

WOW, what a gift!!! very nice work!! I like it when you get to use something that you have been holding on to for years!! Ill have to show this to my wife, maybe she wont complain so much about all the stuff I’m “hoarding” hahaha. Thanks for posting!!!

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#2 posted 03-19-2011 06:24 PM

very nice in every way… well done

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#3 posted 03-19-2011 06:55 PM

Well done, it looks amazing. Its nice to read your “histories” behind your projects as well.

-- "When was the last time you did something special for your gun?"

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#4 posted 03-19-2011 06:55 PM

I know its a woodsite but I do love the iron work in it

thank´s for sharing


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#5 posted 03-19-2011 08:27 PM

A great looking piece very fitting for the groom and his new bride. Congratulations on the wedding.
HAve to agree with Dennis the Iron Work is a very nice looking piece, love that it has a history to it.

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 03-19-2011 10:03 PM

You are a great dad for doing that. that is incredible. I have a large piece of iron work that I’ve been saving for something….I think you just gave me the idea….I’d like to do a table in a similar fashion to what you did. amazing you complete this in your small workspace. I thought mine was limited on size. great work.

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#7 posted 03-20-2011 01:32 AM

What an incredible piece you have put together using both found and made objects. I love the antique ironwork, it is quit stunning. The practical and weatherproof design is quite ingenious and works very well. Your son is a wise young man, as he sees his father as a resourceful artisian and appreciates your ideas and work.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 03-20-2011 02:13 AM

I bet your son is very proud of you & I’m sure this will be treasured I like the recycled iron work too

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#9 posted 03-20-2011 05:03 AM


We’ll be right over for pizza! . . . and the bar looks great too!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 03-20-2011 05:34 AM

Beautifully crafted work. Just amazing. Someone said your son is a wise young man, very true, he knows what an artisan his father is and will have this to cherish always. God Bless you and your son’s marriage.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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