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mikebering 05-30-2012 07:54 PM

My bar....n build (bar in the barn) thus far
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Hello all, this is my first attempt at a post, so figured I would share some work ive been doing on a bar for my buddies and I to drink at this summer! Well to start I recently finished college, and found myself with a surplus of time while looking for a job... Thus far this has been the result of said excess time on my hands (and of course my old man being willing to let me build a bar up in his 200 year old barn!) so here it goes

First task was to rip out the old floor that had rotted away to alomst nothing (saved the old board for later in the project)

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Then had to rip out an old beam that was rotten and cut/put in a new one (this was a hell of a task)

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Then Dragged some logs from the bush to fix the floor

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And took them to a rather dodgy sawmill, hahaha. Great guy, but he is crazy (72 years old and crawling around a 54" diameter open blade)

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mikebering 05-30-2012 08:01 PM

Further progress...
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And now, some more stages of the bar construction!

After a day at the sawmill this is what my buddy (pictured) and I ended up with

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Then we took it home and screwed it all down to the beams! now the real fun begins

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My brother in law and myself roughed in some new vertical and horizontal beams to build the bar around

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Next was framing in the bar, and getting the fridge in and level..... no easy task (apparently builders were less then concerned with squareness and level 200 years ago)

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This is where the old floor board that had been stripped of nails came back into play, were using it to cover the front of the bar to stick with the barn theme

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hopsalot 05-30-2012 08:13 PM

Very Nice look forward to more photos! What size fridge are you using?

mikebering 05-30-2012 08:16 PM

More progress
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Sorry but here is where the pictures of every stage stop, there will be some large gaps between stages (we were going hard at it all weekend and little time for photo-ops)

Its really starting to come together now,

Well the front is now covered and the top plywood base for the bar top is on,

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Sink area tiled in and sealed

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Lights and wiring all installed and pine up on walls

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Same as before, but a different angle

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At this stage I also decided I wanted to build a coffin box, but didn't take many pictures of the process, none the less here it is assembled and almost ready to get stained and lacquered

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That is going to be it for a few days as far as pictures go, going to be working up there hard and hoping to have the bar done and the coffin box mounted by Sunday so the coffee porter, wheat beer and pilsner I have carbonating right now can get pouring!

mikebering 05-30-2012 08:27 PM


mikebering 05-30-2012 08:34 PM


Originally Posted by hopsalot (Post 4129773)
Very Nice look forward to more photos! What size fridge are you using?

We actually came across an 8ft stainless under bar fridge in a restaurant in Toronto, bought it for $300. Pretty confident the only reason it was so cheap was due to its location (a basement). Apparently 6 people had tried to drag it out with crews before, but we finally got it out of there! I have never lifted anything so heavy in my life, and had the lady not told me that if we failed to get it out she was going to cut it in half and scrap it, we'd of likely left it too.

hopsalot 05-30-2012 08:43 PM

great work!!!

capt_crazy 05-30-2012 09:03 PM

This looks awesome!
what are you going to do to the bar top? not leave it as plywood i hope

LXA1100 05-30-2012 09:06 PM

Man that id awesome! I cant wait for more updates.

mikebering 05-30-2012 10:07 PM


Originally Posted by capt_crazy (Post 4129926)
This looks awesome!
what are you going to do to the bar top? not leave it as plywood i hope

No sir! going to be 2'x2' tile grids of limestone (home depot clearance at $0.36/sq.ft) recessed in oak, on the wider side of the bar there will be 5 sets of those tiles and on the short side it will be be straight oak. and the edges will be a simple oak bullnose

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