My "Man Cave" Bar

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Project by Jimmer posted 12-19-2009 11:45 PM 21220 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the bar that I built for my “Man Cave” in my basement. I used plans that I found online, although I modified them quite a bit to suit my project. They did give me dimensions though for height, which I had no idea how high a bar is from the floor. This is made mostly of 2×4’s and plywood, pine trim and beadboard paneling. The bar measures 12 feet long with a 7 foot hook on the end, big enough I thought, but now after it is done, maybe could have been a bit larger, but basement size dictated the current size. the top is 12 inches wide and I laid 12×12 granite tiles for a bar top. I used 2 gallons of Envirotex Lite over the top to seal and protect it. I was a little nervous using this stuff, my brother in law used it on his bar top and it never dried and was always sticky, (I don’t think it was mixed correctly), I didn’t want to put all that time and effort nto this and have it ruined. But we made sure we mixed the envirotex like crazy to get it to work right. After the second gallon was applied, I couldn’t believe the shine! Looks like it is wet. I highly recommend this product. It also helped because with the tiles, their were some a little higher than the others and caused a lip at the edges of some tiles. The Envirotex took care of that. On the armrest, I used pocket screws to secure it to the top and used maple plugs in the pocket screw holes. When stained it gave it a different look. I also put rope lights in a channel under the outside of the bar, which gives it a really nice glow. I tried to get some pictures of that, but they seem to always come out blurry, because I have to turn off my flash and then the picl ooks like terrible. Anyway, this is part of an ongping basement project. I figured it was alright to post the bar because it is finished. I have a back bar that had to be built in the basement because it would have never made it down the steps. I have laminate flooring by the bar, carpet in the rest. 2 HD LCD flat panels behind the bar for Brewers & Packers games, a 52” projection also down there for sports and to play Wii on. I really like what has been accomplished so far, this is really more than I thought it would be. I was going to keep track of cost, but after awhile, it was just making my wife mad so I stopped counting! We get quite a bit of use from this family room, I am very glad we decided to do it. Thanks for taking time to look at my “Man Cave”. Please post any comments you may have.

-- Jimmer

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#1 posted 12-20-2009 12:17 AM

Great job, looks elegant.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#2 posted 12-20-2009 01:07 AM

The bar is beautiful….however that green and yellow flag, not so much. lol

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#3 posted 12-20-2009 01:11 AM

Great Job Jimmer
Looks great makes for a super man cave too. Welcome to LJs.

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#4 posted 12-20-2009 01:46 AM


-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#5 posted 12-20-2009 04:35 AM

nice project.

-- Jeff, Fargo, ND

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#6 posted 12-20-2009 04:56 AM

All good bro, except for that Favre poster. Get that thing off the wall and we’re cool to watch the Pack in your basement.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#7 posted 12-20-2009 06:48 AM

Konquest, obviously Jimmer missed the “burn everything related to Brett Favre” party I held a month ago. However that does look like a great party basement. Keep up the good work and the fun times will follow.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 12-20-2009 12:09 PM

My own man cave is still in the design stage but you’ve given me some inspiration with your great looking bar. I quite like how you accented the plugs for the pocket screws. Did you already or do you plan to run water to your bar?

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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#9 posted 12-20-2009 09:09 PM

Did you grout your tiles or just lay them tight to each other?

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#10 posted 12-21-2009 05:46 AM

Thanks for all the positive feedgack guys, it is appreciated.

Konquest & Mike: I got that picture from my sister a while back. Limited edition, autographed. She would never forgive me if I got rid of it. Good thing I didn’t get a picture of the Favre Fat Head w/ the “Purple” on! (Just Kidding!)
Dave: I am going to have a small bar sink on the back bar when finished.
Swaze: I didn’t grout the tiles, just laid them in a bed of tile adhesive.

-- Jimmer

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#11 posted 12-21-2009 08:43 AM

Verny nice build… wish I had the room and the permission to build one for my house… totally jealous…

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#12 posted 01-15-2010 11:20 PM

Stunning. You’ve given me plenty to think about!

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#13 posted 01-28-2010 11:03 PM

Really nice job! You get extra kudos from me because of the use of 2X4’s and such. It’s very pleasing how ordinary materials can work out well when you take the time to treat them right.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#14 posted 01-30-2010 03:44 AM

Great job. A great place to throw a party. When is the next one?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 10-19-2014 01:51 AM

Nice job! That style of bar is what I was hoping to build in my place. Can I ask where you found the plans online? How long did it take to build?

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