Tobys Transportable Bar

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Project by robscastle posted 05-23-2015 09:09 AM 1617 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project No 4 Son Toby and I made to support his catering business.

Its a rustic outdoor bar to serve drinks from made from entirely from recycled pallets and a shipping skid.

He designed the bar to be transported in the back of his VW Caddy so the size of the Bar carcass was the critical design factor, it needed to in its dismantled state to fit in the side door of the Caddy.
Then the bar top front shelves and sides then needed to be light and easly assembled on site.

Here is a few of Toby’s many Go Pro Shots

The skids were dismantled denailed and cut down and cut to size,

The Pallet boards thicknessed down to meet the lightweight requirements.

wooden dowels were used to secure the sides and front.

The Bar top is in two halves and the front a single module
The sides are framed and slats spaced apart on them.
The rustic image needed to be retained, so very little jointing was done, and nail holes and other defects used as a feature.

The Kreg Pocket hole Jig was used to produce the frame joints the remainder of the construction was glue and Brad nail construction.

All of the work was done by Toby after showing him how all the gear worked and some initial tuition along with the safety requirements needed

Upon completion Toby finished the entire Bar with sanding sealer.

I was most impressed with his ability to use the equipment safely and produce a great result, and I guess as a Father very proud of him.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 05-23-2015 09:37 AM

Nicely done and it looks great Rob. Kudos to Toby. Nothing better than son and father projects. I can’t help wondering what it would look like with a thick rough plank on top. I realize that it might make it a lot less portable though, which I think must be an important feature for this bar.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jay Boutwell

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#2 posted 05-23-2015 01:10 PM

This is a well designed and built project of which is useful in inhansing a business but also as a teaching and training project between father and son. It certainly allowed some great time together. It is also a project of which has recycled other wise material that was destined to destruction in either a fire or a garbage pit. I also have liked a project that is made from recycled materials as it takes some imagination and thought process to a much greater height than just running to the lumberyard and purchasing new material. Rob and Toby,Thanks for creating and sharing your work.

-- Jay-- Cabinet Technology

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#3 posted 05-23-2015 05:26 PM

Rob, nice useful project. I get the portable part and that is primary; however, I would put a frame of wood set on edge and dadoed to surround the top. Probably it should be more 2×4 sized and have a large diameter round over along the outside edge. I think it might help with the function and appearance. !/2 inch plywood with a frame makes a light, smooth, strong top for some of my portable displays at shows. Flooring that rolls up makes an nice addition. I wouldn’t fasten it just unroll it and let it fall in the framework of the top.

It wouldn’t hurt to have a way to keep things from rolling on the floor on the front and sides. The dado should help keep the top boards aligned.

Nice tools used to make this. I too have the Hitachi drill and driver. They have done a great job for me.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 05-23-2015 07:27 PM

Who cares how it will work out when it comes to his son … I would be proud and lifted my nose to the sky
greeting proud father

-- bambi

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#5 posted 05-23-2015 09:05 PM

Ah, a father’s joy in teaching a son and having him learn…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 05-24-2015 03:14 AM

great job . like the look.

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 05-25-2015 06:35 PM

COOL bar from pure scraps… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 05-30-2015 12:47 PM

B.Y.O.B. has a new meaning…. Bring Your Own Bar… lol. Very nicely done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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