Thread: Home Bar
13th Nov 2007, 03:41 PM #1
I’ve always had a dream to design and build a bar, one worthy of handing down as an heirloom. Drawing inspiration from old Victorian and English artisanship, I admired how the British treasure their woodworking history. You can see many examples of this in the ancient churches and pub’s throughout England. Although never having visited England, it is my heritage, and it gives me a sense of continuance.
I spent one year purchasing materials and designing this piece, which is actually 13 pieces that connect to each other with screws, and dry dowels, to complete a transportable bar measuring 84”H x 78”D x 118” L . It is made of solid walnut, maple, walnut and maple veneers, Hungarian ply, and Wiggle board. The finish coat is a dark cherry. The doors, trim, bar top and rails are in solid walnut, and the plywood framing trimmed with solid maple.
All curved surface’s were created using two to three layers of ¼”Wiggle board laminated (yellow glue) together in a form. They are veneered both sides with a paper backed maple veneer using contact cement, and topped with a solid walnut trim. The curved doors also have a hardwood trim to give rigidity and strength, and to allow acceptance for the hinges.
The bar top, constructed from a double layer of ¾” plywood glued and screwed flat, with a book matched walnut veneer top. The Elephant bar rail, which was personally the most rewarding piece I made, was coved (top side) on the table saw including the solid round corners. Clamping two ¾” sheets of plywood (cut to the inside and outside radius of the bar rail) to the table saw to use as a fence. Raising the blade 1/16th each pass. The bar rail rises up while passing through the blade, so I used a riser block to allow that transition to happen smoothly. The underside of the bar rail was done with the router and finished with a spoke shave and cabinet scrapers. The bar top also has an acrylic “mirror coat” finish.
The back bar mimics the front bar in design, complete with rosettes made on the drill press and expanded with a router and template guides. The fluted pilasters made with 1/2” round nose bit, sit on 7” plinth blocks made on the TS. The cupboards doors are a five piece solid walnut raised panel construction, complete with European hinges.
I designed the upper showcase around the curve of the bent glass doors, because glass molds are very costly to make. Finding a mold with a close radius to what I wanted was not that difficult.
Canopy: The main idea for the canopy was to give space for glassware, house some pot lights, display a few things and most importantly, marrying the front bar to the back bar, an important element in woodworking!
The canopy is built in two sections. There is a hidden seam down the middle amongst the raised panel rails, and held tightly together with six counter bolts. The subtle lighting inside the canopy illuminates the stained glass and really brings out that old English pub feeling. Cheers Tony (hammerhardonit)
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13th Nov 2007, 03:49 PM #2
Beautiful work Tony! Definately going to be an heirloom!Have a nice day - Cheers
13th Nov 2007, 03:53 PM #3
That is beautiful, absolutely beautiful. congratulationsReality is no background music.
13th Nov 2007, 04:04 PM #4
Wow, that really is stunning!
You've got that British Pub feeling perfectly I'd be happy to prop that bar up and have a few pints of guinness
Is it in your home Tony? I see theres a snooker or pool table in the picture. Put a dart board up and you've got an English Pub
really nice work
13th Nov 2007, 04:12 PM #5
Welcome Tony see you found the right place to post.
Thats a heirloom bar for sure trouble is if you have a number of kids they are going to fight over it not to worry English pubs have fights too so it will be right at home.
A stunning work of craftsmanship.
13th Nov 2007, 07:40 PM #6
13th Nov 2007, 09:27 PM #7Novice
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Wow. Thanks for posting pics. That sure is one beautiful piece of work.
13th Nov 2007, 09:35 PM #8
Very nice, kinda puts my bars to shame! Looky here....................................................................
14th Nov 2007, 01:59 AM #9
bloody skyte! geeeeeeeeeeez that drives me friggin troppo! I mean he wanders in saunters over and whacks us fair an square between the bloody eyes on his first HIS FIRST blasted post with that???
aaaahhhh I hate you!!
So much for the theory of Canuks bein untalented gits ...oops almost forgot meself... ahem... eh
sigh... okay okay ...that is very nice Tony
Actually truth to tell... its FLAMIN GORGEOUS!! ... mungrelmuttersplutterfume... and even more ...mutterinfumeinwithtearsBelieve me there IS life beyond marriage!!! Relax breathe and smile learn to laugh again from the heart so it reaches the eyes!!
14th Nov 2007, 06:15 AM #10
That is really impressive. If thats your den well there is a queue for plane tickets to Canada!
One question. Bar taps, have you decided what brews you are going to have on tap? I really like the ones that need hand pumping from the keg although the real Guinness needs nitrogen to pull properly. What refrigeration did you install?
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14th Nov 2007, 02:22 PM #11
Thanks for the warm welcome guys and the comments on the bar.. I'm a member of the "Canadian Woodworking forum" It's almost like this forum. Very similar but no smiles and chat options.. no rating. just Wood conversation, question, and off topic section. When I compare the two sites I think of mine as sort of a small community site, even though it covers all of canada.. come check it out if your so inclined. Most of the guys in the forum are like family. We meet every other month for breakfast or lunch or even a beer at my house. just look up "Canadian Woodworking Magazine forum" Tell'em Tony sent you.. or Hammerhardonit.. You will get a big welcome I'm sure. I also have some more pictures of my bar including blue prints in the WW gallery. Cheers Mates..haha.. Tony
14th Nov 2007, 02:43 PM #12
wow!! that's fantastic
(I check out the canadian forum, from time to time - friendly people there)"... it is better to succeed in originality than to fail in imitation" (Herman Melville's letters)
14th Nov 2007, 04:53 PM #13
Maaate! What a bar! And the workmanship
You wrote that you made it as an heirloom, so I suppose you mean you can rip it out and relocate sometime later when the time comes? My Dad built some beautiful wall cabinets etc. into the house he built, but sadly in the manner that they were fixed they become part of the house and couldn't be taken out later, so some great cupboards etc. had to stay in the house when it was later sold.
One day the kids will lean against the bar with a tinnie in hand proudly telling everyone that their Dad made this.I make things, I just take a long time.
14th Nov 2007, 05:22 PM #14
Now you could be somewhat sorry you made that wee invite Tony ol son
Am just about to head over for a bit of a gander may stop in an say gidday... who knows I might have to start adding "eh" to my every sentance eh!
the bar is drop dead beautiful by the way... wonder how it would look in the shed?... ooh only cause shes an ardent non drinker hates the stuff so I have to have me wee tipples in the shed when I want one... or make some weak excuse to arc up the barbie
HEY!! I see our old mate John in Cranbrook he of the insane birdmansions hangs out there!! Now thats COOL!! the mans insane!!Believe me there IS life beyond marriage!!! Relax breathe and smile learn to laugh again from the heart so it reaches the eyes!!
14th Nov 2007, 06:57 PM #15
What time does it open? Sensational job... I have one on my list of things to make for this house, this thread has been bookmarked
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