I thought you might like to see the bar made by my great Grandad. He made the bar for my grandfather in the 1800’s. My grandfather owned a tavern/bar and it was used there for decades. His son, my uncle, took over the bar and inherited the bar with it. It stayed there until the close of the tavern around 1960. My father then took the bar and used it as a back counter in his business. I remember it well. It was painted grey with red trim and and had pressed hardboard on the top. I remember my father talking about how beautiful the bar was originally but just didn’t want to restore it. I remember he telling me and showing me cut nails in the early 60’s and be intrigued with how something like that could work I drove one in the middle of the bar. I received firm punishment for that and remember it to this day.
I inherited and restored the bar, it has a one piece solid walnut top or bar surface and is 22” wide by 16’ long. Birch and cherry trim around the walnut. I have the hand planes, bench mounted crank and wall mounted drill presses great grand dad used to make it. I resurfaced the top with the same hand plane great grand dad used to make it. One picture show the square nail it drove in her. I paid a lot for that nail and did not have the heart to remove it. I love the bar, thought I would share it. This building I restored years ago and I am about to move my wood shop into it. I can show some pictures if there is interest in her. (1896-I love historic building and have restored several)