|Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino||posted 03-19-2011 05:44 PM||1819 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
I will tell you another little piece of my private history…
My son Eduardo got married recently and I offered him a wedding gift that should be chosen by him according to his needs. So, he did not choose any of the usual gifts but instead he requested from me something much more special: to devise and manufacture a customized liquor bar to fit to a specific corner of his apartment.
Such a moral assignment put a high responsibility on me: how to make something so casual in an outstanding way? I spent months wondering about that question, trying to get rid of the usual home bar standards. An additional problem was his recommendation that the desired bar should be composed by the horizontal board only, because it should be installed in the veranda of his apartment where the stormy rains would probably soak and damage any lower compartment.
Suddenly I was stricken by an idea: what about building a wooden surface around an artistic ironwork? And what about adding a sheet of glass over the ironwork and an opaque acrylic sheet under it, from where some lighting would come? What about that bar being supported by an artistic cast iron bracket affixed to the wall?
Then I reminded of a unique piece of wrought iron that I had scavenged from a scrap yard in the 1970’s. It is a vintage and exceptional blacksmith artwork that was presumably imported from Spain in the beginning of the 1900’s, since it has no electric-welded junctions (only rivets and rings). Once approved the project, I bought some 3” thick pieces of Ipe (Tabebuia serratifolia) – a very hard Brazilian wood – and took them to my apartment where I spent the whole 2011 Carnival holiday working hard. A puzzling observation: the ipe wood sawdust is originally yellowish; however it becomes intensively red once it gets in touch with water (alkalic reaction).
Only hand tools were used. The finishing was done with polyurethane varnish.
Dimensions: 52” long x 23” wide x 2 6/8” thick
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