Belly Up To The Bar! Solid Reclaimed Hemlock Drinks Distribution Node

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Project by BillCo posted 03-22-2008 05:30 PM 2290 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The third image shows the horrible ‘treehouse bar’ that was in place when we bought this resort/restaurant.

When our first timber salvage cycle was complete, the immediate priority was to build something to showcase the wood from the bottom of the bay. We decided that a proper pub-style bar was a good project.

The bar is made from genuine old-growth softwood: primarily the carcass and facings are hemlock but some red & white pine were used to trim it up for the sake of contrast.

The raised panels are mostly 12” wide material. The bar tops are 8/4 12” wide stock.

We figure we used close to 1800 BF of material on this monster, and at least 3000 screws. It’s probably the strongest part of the building now.

There was a lot more to the overall project, including a complete rewiring of the room and all new light fixtures, etc. The whole shebang took from Christmas 2003 to late May 2004 to complete. We still have no idea how much we spent, because we get dizzy thinking about it. The budget for beer alone was astronomical.

In spring 2007 we expanded the restaurant into an area that was previously a storage room. We made T&G flooring and trim from this material. I’ll try to post some pics of that next.

-- Sawmill Lodge -

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 03-22-2008 06:09 PM

Really neat project. They do tend to get over bearing don’t they? I mean projects.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 03-22-2008 06:15 PM

Yes, and yet we never seem to stop. Must be masochists.

-- Sawmill Lodge -

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#3 posted 03-22-2008 06:16 PM

wow…really like the contrast of colors…looks great…I can understand the beer budget…will this room have tables for the resstaurant or serve as a banquet/events room?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 03-22-2008 06:54 PM

It is a functioning restaurant, and has been since we completed the bar. One can only post three images per project, so I didn’t show the room all populated up. We do buffets, weddings, and operate as a normal restaurant too.

-- Sawmill Lodge -

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#5 posted 03-22-2008 08:56 PM

Man, that sure fill the room, huh? Nice!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 03-23-2008 03:11 AM

Looks like a great place to wet your whistle. Nice job.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 03-23-2008 03:21 AM

Wow!!! that is one impressive project. I definately like the “after” photos. Changing out the bar the way you did was a solid improvement to the bar.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 03-23-2008 03:35 AM

Bill You can post additional pictures within the the writeup. Only three at the top but unlimited within the description section.

Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 03-23-2008 04:06 AM

Bill You can post additional pictures within the the writeup. Only three at the top but unlimited within the description section.


Thanks, sir. I didn’t know that!

-- Sawmill Lodge -

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#10 posted 03-23-2008 11:19 AM

This has been a fun project to watch unfold. The bar looks great!

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#11 posted 03-23-2008 11:02 PM

You guys did a beautiful job on the bar. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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