Basement bar project

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Project by woodman488 posted 08-13-2008 05:26 AM 40097 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my basement bar project that I built from left over logs and lumber from our house. Since we needed a break after building the house, this project actually was done 7 years after.
I needed some pine slabs for the tops so I found a guy with a sawmill in Michigan. He aquired some large pines from a local university and slabbed them for me. Since I had many large Oaks & Hickorys that needed to come down, we just traded.
The top slabs are all biscuited together as 1 piece. The back bar was made from left over knotty pine planks we also had left over. (I still have to build the doors & drawers).
The total project for the whole basement took about 10 months a little at a time. I have many more pictures at various stages but they may seem a bit boring. The bar has a keg cooler box that can hold (2) 1/2 barrels & misc other items. It is powered by a small frig with the door removed. A 12v computer fan keeps the rear coils cool & another fan inside the freezer box circulates the cold air around the kegs. There are also 2 built in frig’s with glass doors. The tap overflow drain is piped around the rear and ties into the sink. The credit for the actual design concept of the bar came from “Easy home bar plans”.

-- woodman488

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#1 posted 08-13-2008 05:43 AM

way cool posting

welcome to lumberjocks

one nice bartop

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#2 posted 08-13-2008 05:58 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Beautiful work. Any photos of your house we can see?

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#3 posted 08-13-2008 06:05 AM

Wow, that is a spectacular bar. I bet you will have many great times and create many memories here. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 08-13-2008 07:55 AM

Great looking bar. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#5 posted 08-13-2008 12:32 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#6 posted 08-13-2008 01:20 PM

Hi Woodman;

Great job!

I don’t know, saying the construction photo’s are a bit boring, to a bunch of woodworker’s, just aint right!

I know I would like to see them. (even though they do remind me of work).


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#7 posted 08-13-2008 01:49 PM

Let the party(s) begin. Great looking work. And, welcome to LJs.

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#8 posted 08-13-2008 02:15 PM

That’s a darn nice looking bar you have there.

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#9 posted 08-13-2008 02:20 PM

Terrific looking bar!

Great craftsmanship.

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#10 posted 08-13-2008 02:31 PM

I love that bar. Very cool. The solid wood look is excellent!!!

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#11 posted 08-13-2008 05:16 PM

Pretty impressive! Very nice.

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#12 posted 08-13-2008 07:15 PM

Terrific looking bar!


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#13 posted 08-13-2008 08:16 PM

Dang! Now that’s a basement bar!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 08-13-2008 09:22 PM

that is awesome, and inspiring. I would love to one day get a chance to run a project like this…

thanks for sharing.

what finish did you put on the bar-top?

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#15 posted 08-14-2008 02:47 AM

beautiful job. Thanks for sharing.

I’m with Lee. Woodworker’s love to see photo’s of the construction process. It may give us ideas to improve our own woodworking by visually seeing something we may have not thought about before.

-- Rusty

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