Patio Bar

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Project by greg48 posted 02-24-2018 08:23 PM 754 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished up building a patio bar to be donated for the annual auction at my local parish school with the help of a friend, he had most of the tools necessary plus his shop (garage) is larger than mine.

We surfed ideas from Pinterest and combined them into a “rustic” themed bar as had been requested of us.

Plans were drawn up on Scetchup to determine dimensions and a materials list. The wood (Incense Cedar) was donated by a local fencing mill and was full sawn rough 4×4 and 1×4 boards which was delivered “dry”, although their definition of dry was considerably different than mine. We attempted to dry out the wood by stickering the lumber and running fans across the stack for three weeks; it helped some.

For simplicity of construction, all joinery was 1/2” x 4” tongue and groove with Titebond III. To keep the “rustic” theme the lumber was not planed which led to some interesting joinery since the dimensions varied by as much as 1/4” along any one piece and there seemed to be no coplanar faces. A little handwork with a shoulder plane fixed the joinery alignment challenges.

The side panels of the bar were filled with corrugated tin and diagonally cut 1×4 stock on the front. The top is 3/4” CDX plywood covered with galvanized steel (also donated). The foot rest is 3/4” galvanized pipe as is the “towel rack” which serves as a handle bar to lift one end of the bar on a pair of 4” wheels on the opposite end to facilitate moving it about. The top was trimmed with 1×2 Cedar rabbeted to cover any sharp edges of the steel top and stand 1/4” proud of the top. The trim was the only finished surface (hand planed) to reduce splinters in customers/guests forearms as they loiter about. All exposed wood surfaces were treated with a clear deck stain to protect the unit from the elements.

Hope this sells well. Thanks for look’in on, now I’m off to build a corner chrismatory cabinet (don’t ask, I’ll post it).

Gaudete in Domino Semper

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 02-24-2018 09:30 PM

I like it. Functionally I would have wrapped the metal over the edge or made the wood trim flush to the top so that spills or rain could wiped away and it would be easier on your forearms if actually sitting there, but it’s a nice bar.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 02-24-2018 10:08 PM

Wow really nice I love the cedar.. I’d have to have a few beers though before I could like the metal work.. but that ok a very different approach

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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#3 posted 02-24-2018 10:12 PM

This is a very nice patio bar. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 02-25-2018 03:16 AM

Very Nice & Well Done Also Greg!

-- Carrying Anger is like Swallowing Poison and waiting for the Other Person to Die!

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#5 posted 02-25-2018 04:09 AM

Nice work, gives me an idea for a gift for a friend for his birthday.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 02-25-2018 04:52 AM

Great, Love that, so unique.

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#7 posted 02-25-2018 12:20 PM

Very slick design.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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