Dry Bar

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Project by SimonSKL posted 08-10-2009 05:46 PM 2258 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this dry bar for my oldest son last year. It is made of red oak and red oak plywood. In order to keep the top moisture and alcohol resistant, I used a 2-part epoxy on the top as a final finish. It was a little messy but the finish turned out pretty good. The toughest part is keep the dust off while the epoxy cured and I had to do it inside the house with my wife’s permission, of course!

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#1 posted 08-10-2009 06:34 PM

This little project turned out great. Well done. I’d be interested in a how-to on the use of that finishing product.

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#2 posted 08-10-2009 08:34 PM

I would as well. Did you build a frame to shape the epoxy? Or is the outside trim higher than the top? I can’t really tell from the picture. I like the cabinet style.

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#3 posted 08-10-2009 08:50 PM

Vinnie, I just let the epoxy drip over the edges. It is important that the top is completely level before pouring the epoxy on as it is self-leveling. The mixed epoxy flows easily over the edges but I have to keep scraping off the excess so it won’t build up too much at the lower edge and form a lip. I have to do that for about 20 min until the epoxy became somewhat hardened and the drips stopped. After that I just wait for it to cure which takes about 24 hours.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#4 posted 08-10-2009 11:11 PM

WOW!! That top came out amazing. Great job.

I have a liquor cabinet to do for a friend and I will be looking for a protective finish for it.

Time to Google…..

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#5 posted 08-10-2009 11:21 PM

looks fantastic… the finish on the top is spectacular!

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#6 posted 08-11-2009 01:49 AM

Nuff said..Love the finish..Tuff as nails. Lucky son

-- If at first you don't succeed...Buy another tool !!

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#7 posted 08-11-2009 03:59 AM

That top finish is pretty slick Simon! I’d love to see some low watt recessed lighting under the glass rack. Makes the wine glasses sparkle. Great build

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#8 posted 08-11-2009 04:15 AM

Looks Great. The top looks super! ( guess your wife gets the credit for that since she let you do it in the house) lol.

-- John @

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#9 posted 08-11-2009 04:32 AM

Thanks for the info! I’ll have to keep this product in mind.

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