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Old 11-21-2012, 12:46 AM   #1
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My bar build started yesterday and since I have learned so much from this website I felt like I owed it to people that haven't done a bar build to use my bar build as a guide. There is a lot to think about when building a bar with a built in Chest Freezer. I'm no carpenter either.. In fact I had to borrow most of my tools from my neighbor..

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Old 11-21-2012, 01:01 AM   #2
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Looking good so far.


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Old 11-21-2012, 01:04 AM   #3
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great job, keep us posted and keep the pics coming.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:12 AM   #4
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Picture three above.
I Framed out the base before screwing anything together. I put the chest freezer up on a 2x6 frame with so top of the bar will be the standard 42" height. To get the other part of the bar the same width I had to extend a wood block about 8 inches to get it to be the same height.

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I couldn't decide between these two bar rails so I decided to get them both.... The large one for the front of the bar and the small one for the back of the bar. I took a picture of the side view of the large rail because it's important later...

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This is where it gets really tricky. The bar top over the freezer can not be connected to any part of the frame. The 2x4's on the back of the hinge part of the bar can only be so high which is about 2" down. However with the 10" overhang you can only see that gap if you are about 20' away from the bar. No big deal.

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structural Bar top on. To attach the flimsy chest freezer lid to the plywood above, I put a piece of plywood inside the freezer and marked the location of the outside (top of the freezer) plywood as well. Flip the chest freezer door upside down on the ground and screw together. It has to be exact. Also, notice the 7" over hang. The other 3" over hang will come from the large bar rail. I primed the plywood on the inside of the chest freezer in a attempt to avoid mold down the road.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:18 AM   #5
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The bar rail requires a bottom piece of cheap plywood. A a 3/8" (cheap) and 3/4" finished bar rail for the bar top. You can also see the chest freezer opening and the gap on the face behind the hinges.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:42 AM   #6
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love the arm rest peice! should be a real nice sized bar when your thru! dont forget the tv and you'll never have to leave.
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I will try to frame out the rest of the bar tomorrow. It should look nice. The oak plywood I got was $95 a sheet!
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It is coming together. Any questions from the crowd?
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:59 PM   #9
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Congratulations! That's a beautiful project
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:28 AM   #10
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Wow, looks great are you planning on putting in a tap beer draft next?


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