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Steve's Bar


As is intended, my girlfriend and I used your bar plans as a guide. We had our own dimensions to deal with so it was a tool not a bible. We used the 2x3's for the skeleton along with the suggested dry wall screws. We planned the skeleton dimensions to be able to fit a kegerator, a sink, a small refrigerator and plenty of countertop space. We sided the bar with 3/4" birch and used molding from Home Depot that we mitered and assembled with small tack nails and glue. The counter top was constructed with 3/4" MDFB and Formica over it. The top was constructed by primarily the same way as the bar plans except we used oak hard wood flooring for the top over the plywood. We chose the hardwood flooring because we are planning on laying our own hardwood flooring in our living room so this was a good opportunity to gain some experience (and it wouldn't be the end of the world if we screwed it up). I had to have the spill trough, so we constructed that the same as your plans and it really adds a touch of class to the bar and gives it a realistic bar look. We did not use a router for rounding off any corners. We either used dowels and sanded them down to blend (as in the birch veneer on the side) or we used molding as on the bar spill trough. We wanted to use Chicago Rail molding for arm rests instead of brass tubing, but it was also too costly, so we blended two pieces of molding to make the outer edging along the top. We bought a bunch of brass foot rail brackets and used zinc coated steel conduit piping for the foot rails. The conduit only cost us about $13.00 in total, compared to around $200 or $300 for brass and I think it looks neat. We coated the top with 7 layers of polyurethane and 3 layers on the side. We used this new Minwax polyurethane from Home Depot that dries quickly and requires no sanding as long as the next layer is applied within 12 hours of the last. It worked very well for us since we didn't have to sand after every coat. Your bar plans were an integral part of the bar's completion. This bar is the first thing that we have ever built.

Steve K

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