This is my first woodworking project. Learned a lot on the forum so far and am to a point where I need some advice. I’m a big DIY guy and a home brewer. I’ve decided to build a bar that will hold a chest freezer underneath which will hold about 8 kegs of my home brew. I purchased 2 live edge cedar slabs about 8’ long that will be book matched for the bar top, the draft/tap tower will be made from a hollowed out cedar log, and the siding is going to be done with book matched cedar boards. Got all the wood locally from a guy for about $400.
So far I have stripped the draft tower log down to the heart wood, (PITA!) drilled out holes for the taps to go in, and hollowed out the log enough to fit the beer lines in. I sanded down with 80, 150 then 220 grit with an orbital sander. I thought that i had it just about perfect. After putting on the first coat of Arm-R-Seal (thinned by about 20% with mineral spirits for the first coat) i can see a few nicks that I missed sanding and a few areas where the sander left noticeable marks.
Should I wait for it to dry, and re-sand the problem areas or will additional coats of Arm-R-Seal cover up the mistakes enough for them to not be very noticeable? It’s not as shiny after drying a few hours and the marks don’t stand out as much as they did when wet still not sure what I should do though. It would be a lot easier to start over now rather than get 6 coats on and have to sand down.
Here is a picture of the rings left by the sander:
I started on the frame last night. The base is finished with an insert for the chest freezer and storage space on the side which will be used for glasses or a mini fridge I’m not sure yet. I attached 6 heavy duty casters to the bottom to allow me to move it.
I need to figure out exactly how I’m going to attach the slab before building up. My best idea so far is to use a 1/2” piece of plywood to cover the entire frame like a lid, and then use door hinges to attach it to the frame. Door hinges will allow me to remove the slab if I ever need to move it. The plywood will sit flush with the top of the freezer without attaching anything to the freezer. In case the freezer craps out I’ll be able to switch it out fairly easy. When the slab is finished I will position it how I want it on top of the plywood and attach it from the bottom.