Sideboard Bar Cabinet with Fridge Inside!

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Project by JoshOne posted 01-28-2012 07:41 PM 6751 views 21 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the sideboard I’ve been working on for what feels like forever. It’s made of walnut and quarter sawn white oak. It was designed as a bar, so to that end I added a pull-out cutting board, a tile-inlay as a pouring area, and I put a fridge in the bottom. I made a full step by step build blog here, with loads more pictures:

Perhaps the most challenging issue of this project was the finish. I didn’t like the intense contrast of the above, I wanted the oak and the walnut to be of similar tones, but the figure in the quarter sawn oak to pop. I went through several frustrating trials (to the tune of more than 20 scrap pieces tested with various finish combinations and layers) until I settled on Transfast’s Dark Mission brown dye as the main element of the finish. Now, here was the tricky part. I could only apply water-based dyes prior to glue up, because an oil or urethane based dye would reject the glue and essentially ruin the project. Since I knew I would be using such finishes, I needed to make it so the last layers of the oak’s finish were the first layers of the walnut’s, so I could glue it up and then finish the whole piece.

Thanks for looking!

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"

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#1 posted 01-28-2012 07:46 PM

Wow Josh
This is a very ambitious and accomplished build , The design and build and finish all come together so well.Great job.


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#2 posted 01-28-2012 09:03 PM

Nice sideboard/bar. Very simmular to one I built last year. Where did you get the tiles you used in the back splash?
What are the dimensions?


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#3 posted 01-28-2012 10:51 PM

Very nice work! I like everything about this piece, the design,the wood, and the finish.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#4 posted 01-29-2012 04:39 AM

Great job. You gave me several new ideas.

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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#5 posted 01-29-2012 06:33 AM

Beautiful piece.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 08:55 PM

Nice work. I like how well designed it is. The tiles are a nice touch.

-- Russ

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#7 posted 03-07-2012 12:24 PM

Very nice. You have captured some nice elements in this piece which gives it a very nice look and a lot of things for the eye to feast upon. This is something to be to be proud of, and show off. I plan to check out your blog to see which pieces are walnut and which are oak, because I am having trouble telling—just as you planned!

-- John, Omaha

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#8 posted 04-18-2012 01:55 AM

This is awesome!!!!! You never would think so much is going on under the surface.

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#9 posted 04-19-2012 02:13 PM

Josh…quick question. Did you have to do anything special with the back where the fridge is? For example, did you drill holes so the fridge could release heat or vent? I ask because I am building something similiar and I wondered if the fridge puts out too much heat in that space?

-- Woodworking minus patience equals firewood

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