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Project by John Cleary posted 1236 days ago 1571 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bar i made 7 years ago and it has darkened naturely after getting a clear gloss varnish finish.The panels i made on site (biscuit jointed) and i fixed them to 3/4” plywood screwed and glued from the back.
It would have looked alot nicer in hardwood, but with the price of timber in Ireland, the budget would’nt allow.

A shebeen (Irish: sibĂ­n) was originally an illicit bar or club where excisable alcoholic beverages were sold without a licence :-)

-- crumbs make bread--





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JJohnston

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#1 posted 1236 days ago

Ah, the Irish equivalent to the American “speakeasy”.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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David LaBolle

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#2 posted 1236 days ago

Guinness on tap right in the comfort of your own home. Ahh, the Irish, such a wonderful people. : )

And the bar looks very nice too. Very nice.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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BigTiny

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#3 posted 1236 days ago

Nice looking “blind pig” there me bucko!

May the good Lord take a liking to you, but not too soon!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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John Cleary

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#4 posted 1236 days ago

Rice_Eater, Guinness on tap is either a scourge or a blessing on how many you consume ;-)

Big Tony, i would be very lonely up there as i wont know anybody :-)
By the way, whats a “blind pig”?

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HalDougherty

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#5 posted 1236 days ago

Pass the potcheen! I come from a long line of distinguished Irish drunks… You’ve made a great looking bar! I have a friend in Limavady, NI that asked for Tennessee moonshine when I visited back in 1998. I filled a mouthwash bottle with it and it went through customs just fine.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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John Cleary

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#6 posted 1236 days ago

Hal, thanks for admiring the bar.
Poiteen…..now theres a drink that would strip paint if all else fails.

Speaking of smuggling, at one point my parents had all 3 sons living in the New England area (2 on scholarships). Wanting to look after her sons my Mother smuggled in a lump of bacon (pre TSA) to feed her sons a slap up meal of bacon and cabbage.My good mother was never so scared in her whole life but wanted to look after her sons.Best meal i ever had that side of the water.

Irish mothers and their sons :-)

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BigTiny

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#7 posted 1235 days ago

Blind pig is a slang term for an Irish illegal pub during prohibition. It served smuggled Irish whiskey, Guinness, and poiteen made locally. There was often doubt about whether their “Irish whiskey” ever got closer to Ireland than the local bootleggers’ back room.

For those not aware of it, whiskey is an anglising of the Irish Gaelic “ouiscabeatha” (spelling?), which translates to “water of life”. Smart folks the Irish.

Also for those not aware of it, Saint Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was a Scot who went to Ireland as a missionary to convert the Irish Druids to Christianity. I think he was fairly successful…

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Div

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#8 posted 1235 days ago

And I always thought shebeens are something you only get in Africa! Lots of them around….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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JJohnston

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#9 posted 1235 days ago

By the way, “speakeasy” also now refers to the small door-within-a-door you use as a peephole.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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qmass

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#10 posted 1234 days ago

I’m thristy just looking at it, Great job

My wee version at home in the Berkshires. my first woodworking project (just the top and a few minor repairs) back when we were living in Banbury UK 1986. My Irish heart breaks everytime I think about how close i was to Ireland but never made it there. Someday!
Thanks for sharing, gives me some grate ideas

-- Finally know what I want to be when I grow up

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John Cleary

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#11 posted 1234 days ago

qmass, nice looking snug.

The bouncer in the corner looks intimatating :-)

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