Coffee and Tea Bar

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Project by Les Hastings posted 06-12-2011 09:14 PM 1989 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a coffee and tea bar that will sit in the kitchen. Its constructed out of poplar and maple sheet goods. It has a painted and glazed finish. The three drawers are hung on self-closing blumotion undermount slides. The upper doors are pocket doors, but they are made to pocket without any purchased mechanical hardware. The last picture is the insert that slides into the cabinet after the stone top is put into place.

I used aluminum bar stock for the combination hinge and slide to pocket the doors. The bar is 1/2×3/4×10 inches. It is was bored and and countersunk for a bolt in the ends of the door to create the pivot point of the hinge. The remaining bar slides in a slot on the cabinet. At first I tried to get it to work by making a keyway slot in the dado and attaching a washer to the bar that rode in the keyway, but that didn’t work well at all. The designer didn’t want to see any hardware when the door was opened at all. The height and weight of the door was causing all kinds of problems. So finally I installed a piece of 3/4 thick poplar between the aluminum bars, dadoed them to fit over the bar and conceal it. Then added lots of Slip-it. They work pretty good, their not perfect however. Its supposed to be an old cabinet.

Thanks for looking!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 06-12-2011 09:22 PM

Wow, that looks really good. I love the antique finish.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover. Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan, and soon to be Pennsylvanian once again!

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Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 06-12-2011 09:25 PM

Hi Les, I haven’t seen you around lately, The bar is beautiful. I really like the finish!

-- Dennis Zongker

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Les Hastings

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#3 posted 06-12-2011 09:29 PM

I’m working seven days week Dennis, have been for quite a while now. Just taking a break for a little bit, then back to work. Thanks!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#4 posted 06-12-2011 11:29 PM


Nice to see you posting again. You certainly get a vast variety of work. Did you make the open grillwork at the top of the doors, too?

Your pocket door solution sounds like a project in itself . . . not just a craftsman, but an engineer too!

Thanks for posting.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Kent Shepherd

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#5 posted 06-13-2011 07:35 PM

Nice work, Les. I used to do a lot of antique finishes like that. I brings back old memories.

Thanks for sharing.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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Les Hastings

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#6 posted 06-13-2011 11:57 PM

lightweight the grills were made in house, they were just scrolled out.

Thanks everyone for your comments, now back to work!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#7 posted 06-14-2011 02:02 AM

Hey Les, another great project…like the door slide design nice work.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#8 posted 06-14-2011 04:13 AM

Great job Les, your work is always professional grade.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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