Sideboard Bar Cabinet with Fridge Inside!

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Project by JoshOne posted 947 days ago 3104 views 20 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the sideboard I’ve been working on for what feels like forever. It’s made of walnut and quarter sawn white oak. It was designed as a bar, so to that end I added a pull-out cutting board, a tile-inlay as a pouring area, and I put a fridge in the bottom. I made a full step by step build blog here, with loads more pictures:

Perhaps the most challenging issue of this project was the finish. I didn’t like the intense contrast of the above, I wanted the oak and the walnut to be of similar tones, but the figure in the quarter sawn oak to pop. I went through several frustrating trials (to the tune of more than 20 scrap pieces tested with various finish combinations and layers) until I settled on Transfast’s Dark Mission brown dye as the main element of the finish. Now, here was the tricky part. I could only apply water-based dyes prior to glue up, because an oil or urethane based dye would reject the glue and essentially ruin the project. Since I knew I would be using such finishes, I needed to make it so the last layers of the oak’s finish were the first layers of the walnut’s, so I could glue it up and then finish the whole piece.

Thanks for looking!

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"

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#1 posted 947 days ago

Wow Josh
This is a very ambitious and accomplished build , The design and build and finish all come together so well.Great job.

-- Custom furniture

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Paul Lajoie

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#2 posted 947 days ago

Nice sideboard/bar. Very simmular to one I built last year. Where did you get the tiles you used in the back splash?
What are the dimensions?


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#3 posted 947 days ago

Very nice work! I like everything about this piece, the design,the wood, and the finish.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#4 posted 947 days ago

Great job. You gave me several new ideas.

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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Grant Libramento

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#5 posted 946 days ago

Beautiful piece.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#6 posted 945 days ago

Nice work. I like how well designed it is. The tiles are a nice touch.

-- Russ

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#7 posted 908 days ago

Very nice. You have captured some nice elements in this piece which gives it a very nice look and a lot of things for the eye to feast upon. This is something to be to be proud of, and show off. I plan to check out your blog to see which pieces are walnut and which are oak, because I am having trouble telling—just as you planned!

-- John, Omaha

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#8 posted 867 days ago

This is awesome!!!!! You never would think so much is going on under the surface.

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#9 posted 865 days ago

Josh…quick question. Did you have to do anything special with the back where the fridge is? For example, did you drill holes so the fridge could release heat or vent? I ask because I am building something similiar and I wondered if the fridge puts out too much heat in that space?

-- Richard-- "If it ain't tight, then it ain't right."

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