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Old 03-23-2010, 01:58 PM   #1
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Default Looking for a Wood bar top

Since I don't have enough room in my basement for a full bar I'm thinking of doing a wet bar against the wall, but I would love to have a real wood bar top just like the one you would belly up against at your favorite pub. Underneath would go the kegerator.

Anyone have any ideas where I could find something like this?

All help appreciated..

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Old 03-23-2010, 02:21 PM   #2
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I think finding an old ornate hand carved door at a reclamation yard would be awesome.

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Old 03-23-2010, 02:22 PM   #3
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One option in the absence of a proper (or improper) wood shop would be using nice oak veneered plywood for the top and molding for trim on the edges. With this all put together in the size/shape you want you could then just mix up some 2-part epoxy and squeegie out a nice thick coat over the top and get some on the sides. When the top's done you can flip, chisel/chip off the stalagtites, and put a thin coat on the underside and back edge. Done!

just make sure you protect the floor from drips and have a blow torch handy to get bubbles out.

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Old 03-23-2010, 02:32 PM   #4
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This is something you could easily make yourself, even if you don't have woodworking experience. You would need to decide what type of wood to use. Pine would be the cheapest. You would need to glue the edges together. To do that you could rent a biscuit cutter and use wood biscuits to join the edges. You would need some pipe clamps but you could rent those also or just use ratcheting straps ($15 at HD). Then borrow or rent a sander if you don't have one. Sand it and finish with a Urethane.

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Old 03-23-2010, 02:54 PM   #5
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IKEA has decent wood counters if you don't want to go the full DIY route. I used them before and they are really nice for the price.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10146525

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Old 03-23-2010, 03:05 PM   #6
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Another option would be to piece together some wood flooring (hardwood or laminate) to make a nice prefinished durable surface. It would be pretty cheap and doesn't require any woodworking skills.

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I just slabbed a big red oak I have a few pieces of 2" thick x 22" wide x 10' long that i am looking to sell.

I also have other thicknesses and sizes.

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rockler.com sells the molding usually seen on the leading edge of a bar...

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Great ideas. Gives me something to think over. Thanks all!

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I just slabbed a big red oak I have a few pieces of 2" thick x 22" wide x 10' long that i am looking to sell.

I also have other thicknesses and sizes.
Now that would make a great looking bar. I really like the look of red oak.
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