Basement Bar

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Project by Ger21 posted 01-16-2010 04:22 PM 4055 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a basement bar I did for a friend’s relatives a few years ago. Basic design by the homeowner, refined a bit by me to make it buildable. :-)

Cherry veneer dyed with aniline dye. Note: the color of dyed cherry can change dramatically under different types of light. Due to the small size of my garage, this was done in two stages. Main bar first, followed by the cabinets. When I installed the doors, to my horror, they were bright RED! But under the fluorescent lights in my garage, they were a perfect match. Had to strip and completely refinish them; added at least 20 hours of work.

Black accents are walnut with black dye. Walnut is a great wood for black dye. The tapered columns were rather tricky to do. They were made with a plywood frame, and wrapped with 3/8” bending plywood, and walnut veneer.

The boxed column hides a steel post, and the water lines for the sink.

Unfortunately, they didn’t get the granite tops done until several months later, and I never got a pic with them in. There was supposed to be a custom made stainless steel foot rail as well.

And I never got a really good full picture, because there wasn’t enough light in the unfinished basement.

-- Gerry,

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#1 posted 01-16-2010 04:56 PM

Thats beautiful. How long did it take?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 01-16-2010 05:28 PM

About 3 months of evenings and weekends. About 12 hours to install.

The wall is over 20ft long. There are 8 cabinets and 14 doors on the backside.

-- Gerry,

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#3 posted 01-16-2010 05:37 PM

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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#4 posted 01-16-2010 06:16 PM

Very cool a great design and outstanding craftsmanship,

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 01-17-2010 01:35 AM

Awesome design, would have loved to see the finished project.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#6 posted 01-17-2010 05:03 AM

wow, very impressive work and design… would also love to see the finished masterpiece…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#7 posted 01-17-2010 05:37 AM

That’s a great design, but the craftsmanship is what really makes it. You did a super job. That’s one you really need to go back and get some final pictures. I love working with curves, so I know the work that went into that design. Very impressive!

-- John @

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