|Project by Dbhoosier||posted 05-31-2015 02:01 AM||1028 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
While this is certainly not “fine woodworking” and not all made of wood, I thought I would share the bar that I built for my barn. The barn was in rough condition when we bought it and I had it restored last year. I saved as much wood from the original barn that I could, and the actual spot that this bar now resides is in the room where the farmhand (that lived in the barn at some point) had his workshop. The bar and counter top is made from his old workbench tops (6/4 rough sawn oak – about 18” wide slabs).
I tried to flatten and smooth the tops as best I could with my jack plane without totally removing the old bandsaw marks and losing the rustic character. You can see in some of the “build” pics the nail holes and wear on the oak. The only finish on the tops is many, many coats of polyurethane. The bar top is 18” deep and one solid piece of oak. For the counter top, I had to glue up two pieces to achieve the 25” counter depth, and I didn’t have a single piece long enough for the full counter, so I had to get creative with my joinery with scrap pieces to make it all work.
The trim and cabinet doors are made from the old barn siding (I replaced all of the actual barn siding with new rough sawn poplar). I had a couple old beams (I think they are chestnut) that I found in the barn, so I used one as the bar foot rest and one at the end of the bar where I added a light and a switch (just to add some character) – I love to look at the old beams that have multiple huge mortises and imagine how they were once used. I also used parts of a beam for the corbels under the bar top to add some support on the ends and a bit of a decorative touch.
I left one opening under the bar, where I added an undercounted refrigerator. My electrician added the outlets, light and switches, etc. as I am not one to mess with electrical work…
The rusty corrugated roofing is part of the actual old barn roof as well (I had a brand new metal roof put on it). Other than some 2×4s that I used for framing the bar, the entire bar is made of materials I reclaimed from the barn during restoration.
The barn itself was built somewhere around 1850 and I was able to keep the timber frame intact (other than some repairs, straightening, etc.) and the fieldstone foundation (it is a bank barn). Some of the loft joists survived, but otherwise, almost everything else is new materials (roof, windows, lofts, flooring, stairs, etc.). My woodworking shop is in the barn as well, where the cattle stalls used to reside.
Like I said, I know this isn’t fine woodworking, but it was a really fun project and I get real enjoyment out of it. Thanks for letting me share!