|Project by Jimmer||posted 12-19-2009 11:45 PM||19614 views||6 times favorited||18 comments|
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.