Red Oak Bar Top

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Project by njcraftsman posted 1717 days ago 6208 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the Bar top I just completed for my home bar I’ve been working on. It’s a built up bar, 3/4 inch maple ply as the sub strate, with 4/4 Red Oak as the top. I added the chicago style Bar rail. The top I made by jointing 6” wide stock, and alternating the grain curling up and down. The drip rail on the back is banded with red oak joined to the maple ply by a full lenght dado. Five coats of high gloss long oil Poly to finish. What to you think? did I do ok?

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#1 posted 1717 days ago

YES! I like it a lot. I brought back some mahogany from Honduras 5 years ago for my brother-in-law for a bar that he wants to build. We haven’t yet gotten around to build though. I have been trying to build it in my head and the only thing I can’t figure out is the bar rail. Did you mold yours or did you buy it from somewhere? I looked for it in mahogany, but haven’t found it anywhere.

Anyway, nice job and whenever we do get around to building ours, I may have more questions.


-- Jason - Aim High!!

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#2 posted 1717 days ago

A great looking Bar super job.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1717 days ago

Yup, you did OK :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 1717 days ago

Great Lookin Bar Like the Red Oak

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 1716 days ago

Looks good, Needs a keg system now. LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 1716 days ago

Nice work. Looks beautiful (and useful).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 1716 days ago

Beautiful top.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 1716 days ago

I like it. Can’t wait until you invite us all over for a drink. ;-)

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

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#9 posted 1716 days ago

anything that has “Chicago Style” is cool by me….especially the hot dogs and pizza, which I miss dearly. Great bar top

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