Bar for the Man-Cave (a.k.a. - Guy Room)

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Project by SkipM posted 11-06-2008 11:10 PM 3985 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a small part of a gift, my wife gave me a beer bottle opener that mounts to the wall. (Shaped like a bulldog’s face since I am a big Mississippi State sports fan. The first thing I tried to do was find a place to mount it near the micro-fridge in my basement (a.k.a. – The Guy Room). Not wanting to mount it to the sheetrock, and not wanting to damage the fridge trying to screw it to the side, I decided that I needed a wooden box around the fridge that I could attach it to.

For about a year, the micro-fridge in the basement was becoming a countertop for multiple things, ranging from a liquor dispensor, to coasters, and more. So the need for something to attach the bottle opener to, then became the need for a bar around the fridge to provide more counter space as well. This then created the need to buy a router, a new table saw, build a workbench for the garage to have somewhere to work, and the list goes on. In designing the bar with help from my father (an engineer), I decided that I also needed some shelves to keep my pint glass collection, and that those shelves should probably be lighted to display them all. (All because of a little bottle opener).

So I set out to build my first project since I used to help out in my father’s shed as a kid. The result is a great little bar with counter space up top, a micro-fridge set in underneath, lighted shelves for glasses, and a bulldog bottle opener sitting on top… still not mounted.

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John Stegall

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#1 posted 11-06-2008 11:32 PM

I think you solved a lot of problems, garnered some new toys…er make that tools, and created a great looking piece of furniture; and like you said, all over a little bottle opener.

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 11-07-2008 12:04 AM

Good job securing a man cave, I was lucky to get the garage. Great job on the fridge house

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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Callum Kendall

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#3 posted 11-07-2008 12:25 AM

Very nice!

Thanks for the post


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#4 posted 11-07-2008 12:56 AM

Nice work. What did you use to finish the project?

-- Say what you mean and mean what you say.

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#5 posted 11-08-2008 12:24 AM

In hind sight, I think it would have looked even better with a stain, but I actually used a paint. I took a shelf from another piece of furniture in the room (TV stand) to Home Depot and had them match the color.

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#6 posted 11-08-2008 10:25 PM

“Man Cave” was a term invented by the HGTV network…find out the real deal at

Be A Man.

- The Founding Father

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#7 posted 11-09-2008 07:45 PM

Skip, Welcome to LumberJocks. That little bottle opener spawned quite the project. The outcome looks good, though. Sure those new tools will get put to use on some other projects.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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