Black Walnut Home Bar

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Project by saw4fun posted 08-05-2010 05:00 AM 8277 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bar was a cooperative effort between myself and a buddy for his basement den. He brought me a big walnut log to cut up on my sawmill. Everything was kiln-dried and then the preparation began. He had the bar top sanded in a wide belt sander and then began cleaning the natural edges. I took the remaining lumber and planed and tongue an grooved the majority of it. The last few pieces I ran through the moulder for a couple of pieces of crown molding which was used as the base trim. The pictures don’t do justice for how awesome the lights underneath the bar-top set of the beautiful colors and grain pattern of the walnut. The top slab is a 2.25” thick, 20” wide, and roughly 9feet long. The whole thing is finished with poly-urethane. Let me know what you guys think..

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#1 posted 08-05-2010 05:15 AM

Stunning, I especially love the top.

-- Greg P, Washington State,

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#2 posted 08-05-2010 05:49 AM

That is an impressive piece. Sounds like you have a good friend, same as I do. We are constantly helping each other out. He is the one with the sawmill (woodmizer). We design and build all kinds of rustic furniture and other pieces. There’s nothing like having a good friend.

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#3 posted 08-05-2010 06:03 AM

I like it.

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#4 posted 08-05-2010 10:13 AM

You two did well. Its awesome, love the color and flow of it. Should last forever!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 08-05-2010 01:12 PM

I love it. Looks like a great piece of black walnut.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#6 posted 08-05-2010 01:25 PM

This is great I love the pale edge of the bar top it just highlights the natural beauty of the slab. I wish I had a friend with huge wood slabs too..

-- Ollie, UK.

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#7 posted 08-05-2010 02:35 PM

Nice job!

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#8 posted 08-05-2010 03:05 PM

That is one Gorgeous Bar!
Looks very Beautiful.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#9 posted 08-05-2010 04:04 PM

Love the top, very nice.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#10 posted 08-05-2010 05:49 PM

I love that rich, dark walnut. Like you said, I bet the pictures don’t really do more than hint at the real beauty of it. Great build!

-- Robb

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#11 posted 08-06-2010 06:40 AM

My GOD, I love walnut, and this is an appropriate tribute to the wood and the craftsmanship. Great look, I love it.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#12 posted 08-06-2010 07:00 PM

That top is stunning! Wow…

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#13 posted 08-06-2010 10:33 PM

Thanks everyone for your kind remarks. I have to give my buddy the credit for the assembly of this little treasure. I was just proud to be a part of it as far as the sawmilling and millwork goes. He runs a tree service and contracts a lot with the power districts and I try and help him out as much as I can beings we definitely run into a lot of unique logs that make even more unique lumber. Such a fun experience to watch the transformation from start to finish. Thanks again!

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#14 posted 09-09-2010 03:11 PM

I have spent the last several nights working with some of the black walnut that I have purchased from saw4fun…..and let me tell all my fellow Lumberjocks…..when Rastus says the pictures do not do the wood justice, he is right. The lumber that I have from him is full of character, color, and stunning grain patterns.

I would love to have that bar in my house to help celebrate the Husker football season! I am sure your friend is a very proud owner!

Great project man!


-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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