Walnut Bar

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Project by Roz posted 11-12-2009 04:29 AM 2012 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came across a discussion about the best material to use when making drawers for fine furniture and it reminded me of a project I completed in 2002. This bar I build completely of Walnut, including the drawer box. I now believe I should reserve fine woods for parts of the project where they can be seen and appreciated.

The lumber came from trees in Indiana, Wisconsin and my back yard in Alabama. I was surprised at the difference it color in the woods from different regions. I do not know if all individual trees vary in color or if the region and climate affect wood color. What do you think?

The bar is raised panel; I used a 3-inch Ogee bit, and an Ogee style and rail cutter. The molding along the edge of the bar top I made by setting a fence on the saw top at a diagonal to the blade and pushing the board across the saw blade at that angle using the blades profile to make the cove cut. A rabbit on the bottom allows the molding to sit down on the top. A 1 ½-inch thumb nail bit gave the top edge its profile. Then I sanded for ever!

The back bar is made of cabinet grade plywood and faced it the same Walnut. I have to make doors for the space under the sink. There are upper cabinets, I have not yet finished that match but will have glass panels in the doors and be faced and covered in the walnut.

In 2001, a storm blew the top out of a HUGE Walnut tree in our yard. Before I could top it, my wife gave the tree away for FIRE WOOD! I managed to salvage to branches about 10 feet long each and roughly 16 inches in diameter. I used the wood from those branches to make up the bar top. The trunk of that tree is still in my yard. Soon it will be hauled off to a sawmill to see if it might contain burl.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 11-12-2009 05:04 AM

Very nice work

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#2 posted 11-12-2009 06:22 AM

That is sweeeeet!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 11-12-2009 06:26 AM

Great bar

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#4 posted 11-12-2009 01:25 PM

Nice work!

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#5 posted 11-12-2009 04:41 PM

Very very nice. Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 11-12-2009 05:10 PM

Love it. As for your question I would guess the difference in region is the cause of the difference in color. 2 trees growing beside eachother sould be very similar.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 11-12-2009 05:50 PM

Thanks guys, I’m glad you like it.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#8 posted 11-13-2009 04:06 AM

Beautiful. Set ‘em up!

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#9 posted 11-13-2009 04:07 AM

Terry, that’s a beautiful bar. You did a great job on it. Love the walnut. I did the same thing a number of years ago, I built a walnut secretary and everypiece of wood in it was walnut. I’m glad it’s my piece of furniture, because I’m not sure anyone else would appreciate how it was built…......but I do!

-- John @

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#10 posted 11-13-2009 05:10 PM

That’s a great bar, I love the cove cuts in the rail. Up here I pay 5 bucks per bf for walnut. Just rember, if another tree falls call dibbs on it right away!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 11-13-2009 05:55 PM

Yeah Bob, that’s good advice. I am doing just that. As a matter of fact I got two smallish Walnut trees from a pulpwood company that was clear cutting an area and did not want to see them going to the chipper. It is good to have relatives in the timber management business.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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