Sandstone Cliff - Bar Back

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Project by Keith Jones posted 01-23-2009 02:37 AM 2042 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I built this bar back for a restaurant renovation in Washington, DC several years ago. The designer came up with this idea of layering thousands, and I do mean thousands, of small trapazoid shaped pieces of plywood to form a “sandstone cliff.” It took about 20 sheet of standard 3/4” sheathing ply cut into trapazoids that were anywhere from 1.5” x 1.5” to 1.5” x 9.” Each piece was hand cut, sanded and nailed in place. I wish I had had access to a CNC router! The job took nearly a month and almost wore out my compressor.
Unfortunately the restaurant went out of business and the whole place has since been gutted. So this is the only photo I have of the project.

-- Keith

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#1 posted 01-23-2009 03:24 AM

Very Cool! I bet you were seeing those shapes in your sleep… lol.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 01-23-2009 03:25 AM

Sad to see it trashed after so much work!

-- Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur

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Keith Jones

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#3 posted 01-23-2009 04:02 AM

Thanks guys! I still see those little pieces in my sleep. And there’s a box of the leftover’s around here somewhere… The good thing is that I cashed the paycheck before the restaurant went belly up!

-- Keith

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#4 posted 01-23-2009 05:16 AM

Nicely done…and too bad you can’t call somebody and say you’d like to have your work back…or something like it. But one never knows. Experience…and it’s great the check was good.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#5 posted 01-27-2009 05:25 PM

oh how sad about the “gutting”.
Beautiful work.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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