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Project by WistysWoodWorkingWonders posted 01-22-2010 08:31 AM 6490 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this Bar Cabinet / Built in Desk out of need… There was an area at the end of a hallway that needed something built in and I figured this would fit the bill. I used maple plywood for the cabinet carcasses and maple for the face frame and doors. The cabinet was built to fit the void so I had to leave extra material on both of the side cabinets and then scribe it to the wall. Overall it ended up fitting in pretty good. As you can see in the third picture, we store some of our bottles of booze in the cabinet so it is anchored to the wall studs very securely to handle the added weight.
The desk below the cabinet is the future home of my laptop. It has the required cables to get me hooked up to the internet so all that is left is to build a chair. Still searching for the perfect design on that one.
The fourth picture shows some of the Crown Molding I used to finish off the top of the cabinet. This is real maple that I made myself. Took a few trips through my new router table and then additional runs on the table saw to remove the waste and shape the back, overall it came out great.
I am very pleased with the whole project, it turned out great. I used wipe on poly (3 coats) followed by some varathane for added strength and durability.
PS, for those that are wondering, yes all the rum bottles on the side shelf are unopened. I collected throughout my career with the Canadian Navy.

Just wanted to add a little information about the bottles in the center shelves (the big flat bottom ones). The one on the left is one of the original bottles done up by the company before they had a big fire. It has the wax seal still which they don’t make anymore. When they re-built the company, it was cheaper to buy a new machine that inserted the cork stopper (on the one to the right). Just thought you all might like a little history behind the significance of the bottles… The ones on the top shelves were picked up in Austrailia and New Zealand during a Soutern deployment I was on in 1991.

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#1 posted 01-22-2010 08:35 AM

neat design

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#2 posted 01-22-2010 08:52 AM

Hey a1Jim, thanks for the comment… how did I know you would be the first to see this? I think you live and sleep by your computer… sort of like me… if I am not in the shop, I’m taking pics to upload on the computer… take care my friend…

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#3 posted 01-22-2010 09:27 AM

Wow, beautiful design.

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#4 posted 01-22-2010 04:43 PM

Bar and desk together. What kind of work are you doing at this desk? Your gonna need an ice maker so you never have to get up. LOL

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#5 posted 01-22-2010 05:27 PM

Magnificent! I’ve been in Pusser’s Company Stores that have less rum on display than you do.

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#6 posted 01-29-2010 07:15 PM

Rex, I can only say that the bottles are for display only… I am more of a spiced rum kinda guy… The pussers rum is not that great (speaking from past Navy Experience of course). As for the icemaker… great idea… I think there is just enough room under the desk for a mini beer fridge… and with the bathroom only 6 feet away, I’m all set… lol

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#7 posted 01-29-2010 07:16 PM

Captain Skully, your probably right… any store I have been in only has one or two of these fancy bottles on display… that is until I buy them… lol… haven’t been on many trips lately to pick any more up… the one not shown is the Trafalgar Bottle (very nice too) which doesn’t fit into this cabinet… It is standing solo in another cabinet… lovely bottle though with a great history printed on it…

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