Portable bar for events

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Project by 404 - Not Found posted 11-21-2011 11:23 PM 2524 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This job was for a bar owner who had been asked to do the catering and provide the bar for a wedding in a marquee.
The brief being that it must be transportable, easy to store, have capacity for all the barrels and coolers and glasses and be big enough for two staff to run it. Originally, he had in mind a ‘mini pub’ with oak panels and corbels but went with this idea of being more modern, sleeker and easier to clean (cheaper too). Its a pine frame construction sheeted with moisture resistant MDF, painted with Becker Acroma white waterborne satin and then overlacquered with a clear gloss, which gave a really deep shine to it. The top is cherry mdf with a solid lipping, coated with a floor varnish. Low voltage LED spotlights were used instead of Halogen for the lights in case a small child might be tempted to touch the lens and get a burn. This job can be configured in a couple of ways as well to suit the venue.

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#1 posted 11-22-2011 12:33 PM

Great job, Very clean.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 11-22-2011 03:57 PM

Looks great and functional. What is cherry MDF? Haven’t heard of that before.

Well done.


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#3 posted 11-22-2011 06:17 PM

How do you like the Acroma? I have been wanting to try it.
Looks good.

-- Brian, Eternal Furniture & Design

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#4 posted 11-23-2011 05:28 PM

Thanks for the comments.

Brian, to be honest, I have mixed feelings about the Becker Acroma Waterborne range, paint and lacquer. If you were a very good finisher with the right set up and years of experience behind you, it would probably be perfect. I have to say though, that I find it unforgiving. Small items are fine but if you go at anything big, and shoot too little or too much or not quite the right overlap, it does stick out like a sore thumb. I stopped using the waterborne lacquer in favour of the AC lacquer, which is a consistently much easier finish to apply. There are also other paints that I’ve started using which again seem to dry more evenly. I’d have to point out that I am by no means an expert at spraying finishes. I use a Fuji Mini Mite HVLP system.

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