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Old 11-24-2012, 07:13 PM   #21
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How much did all the wood and mouldings cost you?
Have plans to something similar in the basement for parties. Really love that curve and the layout couldnt be better!
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:14 PM   #22
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That type of bar rail is called Chicago bar rail and you can get it from most major lumber yards, at least in Northern Virginia. I got it from a local company called smoot lumber. But Tart lumber also has it in stock. It was only $13 a foot which seemed really cheap considering the plywood was $95 a sheet.

RMS, the final bar top is on. It is red Oak. Once I stain and Varnish it, it should really pop. I still need to trim the whole bar out. On vacation for the weekend but I should get a lot done monday and Tuesday next week. I'll keep you all posted.
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:22 PM   #23
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How much did all the wood and mouldings cost you?
Have plans to something similar in the basement for parties. Really love that curve and the layout couldnt be better!
All the wood so far has cost about $1,200. Taps, chest freezer, 4 faucets line, CO2 tanks, and future trim should put the final bill around $3,000.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:56 AM   #24
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....RMS, the final bar top is on. It is red Oak. Once I stain and Varnish it, it should really pop. I still need to trim the whole bar out. On vacation for the weekend but I should get a lot done monday and Tuesday next week. I'll keep you all posted.
Have a look at this stuff, I have used it before with good results; but vent the room well especially with the little fellow around since the fumes are bad.

http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/...-spar-urethane

 
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:58 AM   #25
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Before you put the stain on wipe down the wood with a wet rag to raise the grain then sand it down. If you want to wipe a piece of scrap wood first to check if the grain raises. Once you sand down the raised grain it will not raise again when you stain it and gives you a smooth surface.
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:20 AM   #26
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Thanks RMS and Chrisl77. Unfortunately, I started on the staining and varnish coat before I had a chance to read your posts. But, RMS, I used that exact same spar urethane you suggested. It looks amazing. I sanded, cleaned, pre stained, stained and put down the spar urethane. First time using this stuff and it was easier than I expected. I pan on sanding down the spar urethane before I put down another coat.

I am most proud of picture number 4 below. The bar rail didn't match up with my other rail so I just marked and sanded it down until it looked right. I wasn't sure about the stain color, but once it is done I am very happy with the stain color I chose.

Also I cut the hole for the tee tower and the square for the recessed drip tray.

I can't wait to start putting on all my trim!!! I got an IPA kit from Austin Homebrew today and that will be the first beer I keg.. I am a little worried about getting the kegging system set up. I hear the 3/16th bev seal beer line is very hard to get on the 1/4 barb... I'll keep you all posted through the progress.

In the last picture you can see I used the same piece of wood on the bar rail where the seam is. I wanted the grains of the wood to continue to flow...
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:33 AM   #27
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quick question. With this setup I have to have the co2 tank inside the freezer. Is that a problem?
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:50 AM   #28
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Nope. It actually makes your pressure reading accurate when the co2 and the beer are the same temp.

Cooling the co2 will make it look like you lost pressure. That may freak you out but it is normal.

Also, be VERY sure your connections are solid. Check it often when you first get it set up so you dont wake up to an empty tank.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:02 PM   #29
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Gorgeous bar! I can't wait to see it completely finished with the first pour!

I also can't wait to do something like this in my basement some time in the future.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:24 PM   #30
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I paid $25/ft for my cherry Chicago Bar rail. IMO, Chicago is the only style to go for! Your bar looks fantastic!
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