Lighted Oak Bar

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 1384 days ago 1591 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bar I made for my daughter’s house a few years ago when I was younger and stronger. She entertains a lot so it was a needed piece of furniture. It is red oak finished with Zar 120 Stain and gloss polyurethane.
I had to bring in the glass blocks and install them in her house. I would not want to have to move it now!! It has a flourescent light under the top in the front to light up the blocks- seen in the second pic.
I learned a lesson on finishing the top. When it says to wait 5 days to recoat sprayed on Poly- you must wait the full five days!! Guys read directions only after a problem!! I had brushed on 8 coats of poly and wet sanded them all. They were recoated the next day. To finish off the top to a flawless finish, I wanted to spray on the last four coats. The first one was nice but when I sprayed on the second coat the next day, it wrinkled up the whole top. I was sick!!!!
After lots of sanding, I got it back up to 12 coats waiting 5 days between sprayed coats and that came out fine.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 1384 days ago

Great job great idea

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#2 posted 1384 days ago

Nicely executed

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 1384 days ago

the lit blocks give it a very cool effect. Nicely done.

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#4 posted 1384 days ago

Very nice! I feel your pain on the finish. However, that finish is going to keep you from coming back to remove those pesky white rings from the condensation on the glasses.

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#5 posted 1384 days ago

That looks really nice Jim. Being lighted sure is a nice touch.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#6 posted 1384 days ago

Well done! I’ve been thinking about attempting a bar for our house, I may be getting in touch with you for a few tips.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#7 posted 1384 days ago

Looks Great, I have made mistakes on finish before too. I like the glass blocks and light, a very nice touch.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 1384 days ago

I take mine shaken not stirred…
I love the way the light shines through the blocks… way to go…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#9 posted 1383 days ago

On the top comments, wouldn’t “Mirror-Coat”, pour on bar top coating work as well as spray on finish? Seems it would have saved you a few days. But the bar looks great. The glass blocks give it a up scale restaurant look.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#10 posted 1383 days ago

Rea nice bar. looks real good

-- wchips

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#11 posted 1383 days ago

Never had a bar, this must be a mistake.
Well done, a real place to hang out.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 1383 days ago

Cool bar! But I also couldn’t help but notice the mission elements of your daughter’s house, including those mission chairs in the picture. Those look exactly like mine, and mine are limbert numbered and signed. Are her’s Limbert also? (under the arm is the brand and the number is under the seat cushion) And I have the same glass floor model candle thingy too. LOL Is her house a bungalow or a big craftsman or something? I LOVE MISSION!!!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#13 posted 1383 days ago

That is one nice looking bar, good job.

-- Paul

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#14 posted 1382 days ago

Great Bar!!

Looking to build one too and this gives me lots of ideas.

Thanks for Sharing.

-- Measure twice, cut once and buy extra just in case.

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#15 posted 1381 days ago

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Rivergirl, my daughter said the chairs do not have any marking. They have been re-upholstered, though. She has a 3 story house in South Heritage Hill in Grand Rapids. It is just south of where all the Lumber barrons built houses in the late 1800’s.

I brought home an old Kroeler chair from my mothers house this week.It looks to be of the style of my daughter’s chairs. It had horsehide covering and the stuffing looks like cotton and straw. The finish is all crystalized from age. Some day, when I get caught up, I will attempt to refinsh it and reupholster it. I don’t know if it considered Mission, though.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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