|Project by Scott Oldre||posted 12-14-2014 02:01 PM||2475 views||35 times favorited||15 comments|
About a year and half ago, my neighbor and friend wandered into the garage/shop to see what I was doing that day. During the conversation the neighbor, we’ll call him Troy (because that’s his name) asked if I would consider making a bar for the small sun room off his kitchen. Always up for a challenge, I started asking questions about what size and what he envisioned. I moved over to the imaginarium (2.5×2.5 shower whiteboard hanging off the steps railing going into my house), and I started to draw out ideas.
Now Troy is not considered the most handy of guys in the neighborhood by many (myself not included), but you could see his excitement build as the drawings started taking shape, so I suggested I’d do it for him, but he had to help. So what you see here is a little over a years’ worth of shape changing, building, crafting, and garage education, designed by me, and a 60/40 collaboration on the build. Troy mixed his own finish and applied it in the end. He’d never done anything close to what we accomplished here. And truthfully, neither had I.
This bar is 6’ wide, 18” deep, and about 42” tall. Solid Cherry, with Peruvian walnut accents and tray rails. Complete Mortise and Tenon joinery for the bases, that were also pinned. The top is a solid cherry live edge slab that appears to float over the bases, but on one of the pictures you can see how I accomplished that. There are 12 trays holding 36 bottles of wine. Each tray is made up of 19 separate pieces, using the Peruvian Walnut as the carrier and rails, with cherry inserts holding the bottles from slipping through the cracks. Troy did all the glue ups on these trays and final sanding. They slide like buttah. There’s also a cherry hatch type shelf encased in more Peruvian walnut.
For the bases, although it was Mortise and Tenoned, we built this about the same time I was building the Greene and Greene hall table, so the 92 square plugs were also included. Troy did all this work by using a mortise chisel, a 1/4 hand chisel and an Incra rule. I cut all the plugs and glued them in.
To me, one of the coolest things about this is the glass top, which we left as close to original as possible, but where the glass company was able to match exactly the imperfections and inconsistent lines of the live edge.
All in all, this is one of my most favorite projects ever, and I’m still in awe that what started on a drawing board in the shop, turned into such a beautiful piece. During the course of this build, oddly Troy’s garage started filling up with things like work benches, a few planes (used to flatten the live edge top), and a lot of other items people who aren’t capable, just wouldn’t have.
Once we put the bar in place, it was just natural to continue the theme with another long cherry slab cut into two shelves and placed above.
Troy was a woodworker just waiting for the right neighbor to move in. We spend a lot of time in my garage now (you can eat off his garage floor) making whatever comes to mind. A friendship based on sawdust.
Hope you like it.
-- Scott, Irmo SC