|Project by BAlexander8||posted 07-18-2016 03:53 PM||408 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
This is a bar I built for my Wedding this June. The B&M logo stands for Brad & Malerie and was designed by a friend. The wedding was outdoors and on the water. I wanted to create a feature for our wedding, something that I could control (and care about) and to prevent my wife asking what I thought about centerpieces :).
The construction was fairly simple. I first trimmed premium 2×4’s to remove the rounded edge. I assembled the 2×4 frame with pocket holes and rabbited a grove for a plywood panel to sit in. The panels also use pocket holes to secure to the frame. The bar top was two pieces of 3/4 plywood screwed together and trimmed with oak.
The front, sides, bar top and shelf are all removable for easy transportation. I could put it all together in about 15 minutes. I ended up having to add 30lbs of weights to each side (secured with a lag screw and washers) to prevent it from wobbling or tipping forward when people lean on the bar top.
The hardest part was trying to get the white plywood panels and bar top as smooth as possible. I didn’t have any experience in doing this but I used 3 coats of primer, sanded each time to 220. Then applied one coat of white high gloss paint followed by 3 coats of poly (5 coats for the bar top), sanded each time with 400. It turned out very smooth.
The logo was drawn by a friend on poster board and used as a stencil. We used a stencil for each color. I really like this paint sprayer, which uses mason jars. Little Critter Spray Gun
Overall I’m really happy with how it turned out. Received a lot of compliments and it served its purpose helping everyone’s dance moves! Now I just need to finish my basement so I have a spot to put it…
Thanks for looking.