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Old 09-16-2012, 08:33 PM   #1
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So everyday I check the DIY forum to get new ideas and always see someone with a 'bar build'. Many of those seem to have either a high to no budget involved. Well about 4mo ago my fiancee and I bought our first house and ever since then I have been itching to build a bar. Well I have set a budget for myself of $300. My plan is to build an "L" shaped bar 5' deep, 6' long, and 44-45" tall (I am 6'3" so I like a taller bar top). The framing will be pine. Probably birch or similar for bar front. The bar top, rail and all trim will be red oak. My goal is to build a solid quality bar. Lets see...

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Old 09-16-2012, 08:35 PM   #2
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Looks good so far. I also like a tall bar, there is a bar near Key West (No Name Pub, Big Pine Key) that has a very tall bar and very tall bar stools, which is awesome, until you have a few pints and try to go to the bathroom.

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Old 09-16-2012, 11:13 PM   #4
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Thanks. I like tall bars because when you have a little too much to drink you can lean on them and no one will ever know.

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So I need some recommendations on what material to use for my bar front. I was thinking 1/4" Birch Plywood, What do y'all think? How well would that stain?

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So I need some recommendations on what material to use for my bar front. I was thinking 1/4" Birch Plywood, What do y'all think? How well would that stain?
Very nice job so far! Birch plywood is an excellent choice and is a hard wood, so is the red oak plywood, especially select pieces that have all the grain pattern and character. You may find some mahogany but the cost might blow your budget.
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sub, can't wait to see how it turns out. Started great that is for sure

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I think I will go with the birch ply. I have been messing around on making my own bar rail and I would like to try and make some out of an oak true 2x4; but my crappy table saw and router have been failing me so far. That's right it is the machines' fault and not user error

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I'd consider using a thicker plywood for the bar front. 1/2" at the very least, 3/4" being ideal. If someone bumped into or accidentally kicked 1/4" ply it may bow and/or make a thud that will sound hollow or cheap. If you want this to last and be a quality piece of furniture I'd use a heavier grade plywood for quality.

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/kram...-build-242764/

This cost me about $500, but included some pricey tools.

It's about 12'L x 3W' x 4.5'H.

The top is 3/4" beech ply, the front is 3/4" pine board, framed on pine 2x4. It's built like a brick sh!thouse and has taken its fair share of beatings during parties. All the wood stained nicely and I threw about 4 coats of poly on it all.

I need to find some caps for the corners though. I think I may cut some 1/4 beech planks at 45s at install with finishing nails.
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