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Project by Shan posted 04-25-2013 04:34 PM 4263 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished a big project that has taken me almost 2 years to complete.
This is a custom designed and built bar in my basement. The design is one my wife and I came up with. I designed and built the entire project (with my wife’s help of course) We knew we wanted an old style bar, so we went to numerous bars to come up with ideas. The refrigerator is elevated up to eye level, and the wine rack compliments the other end of the bar. I built and installed soffit cabinets with under cabinet lighting. I added in cabinet lighting for the glasses, and built a light box for the bottles. I also added several accent lights, along with under bar top lighting. The sink was a must. It took a little work, but we were able to do all the plumbing and wiring ourselves. The only thing I had to hire out was for a guy to do the sewing on the padded bar rails, and someone to cut the glass for the shelves, doors, and mirror. We wanted a sturdy top, so I designed and built the corbels that hold up the upper bar top. The lower bar top is made from a laminate that looks like granite. The bar is made from red oak (to match the other wood in my house) along with a tiger maple upper bar top. For the top, I had to make a road trip to get the amount of tiger maple for the project, but it was well worth the drive in the end. The whole bar except for the top is finished with cherry color oil stain, and topped off with 3 coats of oil polyurethane. The bar top was more challenging. Since I wanted to use an epoxy coating, I was concerned about using the oil stain as a base. I spent 2 days experimenting with alcohol based dyes before I was able to match the color and technique without streaking. It can be very difficult to stain tiger maple a dark color, but with patience, my time paid off. I wound up using a dry rag to work in the dye in very small amounts to get the look I wanted. I finished the top with 2 coats of pour epoxy. I built and finished 30 raised panel doors, along with 6 doors. Everything was finished after building except for the wine rack, in which I finished everything before I assembled, and then I added a face frame and finished that in place. The bar top finish was poured prior to placing the finished bar top on the sub bar top I made from MDF.
We still have to add the ceiling, and will be trimming with crown molding. The finished part of the soffit extends up to where it will meet the crown molding.
This was a long project that I worked on while working on other projects, along with having to work my real job to pay the bills. That being said, now I can sit back and relax and enjoy a cocktail until I start the next project ….. Tomorrow.

-- SeeWhatISaw

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#1 posted 04-25-2013 05:20 PM

Nice job, the tiger maple is great! really give it another wow factor. A real beuaty and big project nice work.

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

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#2 posted 04-25-2013 05:35 PM

Very nice. A basement bar started my woodworking sickness so I know what you went thru. great job.

-- Billy Long Island, NY

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#3 posted 04-25-2013 06:40 PM

Very very cool. Im trying to plan one out right now. This will be one hard act to follow. Going to add the brass foot rail?

-- Witty signature line still pending

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#4 posted 04-25-2013 06:52 PM

Rail will go in after the carpet is installed

-- SeeWhatISaw

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#5 posted 04-25-2013 07:48 PM

Very beautiful work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 04-26-2013 12:23 PM

very nice, your effort on the top really shows

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#7 posted 04-26-2013 12:38 PM

That. Is. Impressive. Congratulations, sir. That cocktail is more than well deserved.

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#8 posted 04-26-2013 02:34 PM

beautiful job

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#9 posted 04-29-2013 02:45 PM

Your bar looks awesome! Shows great skills and craftsmanship, well designed and well planned. Impressive work!

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#10 posted 04-29-2013 03:03 PM

You did a great job on this bar. It’s beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 05-05-2013 01:39 PM

This absolutely blows me away. There’s a lot that I’d like to say about it, but I’m speachless. This is incredible!

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#12 posted 02-08-2014 03:50 AM

This is really amazing, great design, and even better execution. Hope you have had time to enjoy it.

-- Time to get started

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