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Project by Don Broussard posted 734 days ago 1869 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a bar designed by my wife’s second cousin. He and I built the bar in my shop then delivered it to his house for final sanding and finishing. He sanded the top and sides and applied BLO. After drying, he applied polyurethane to the sides and top.

WARNING—Before newbies (like me) work on unfamiliar wood, I recommend that you do a little research on the characteristics of the species. Using the website http://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/wood-allergies-and-toxicity/ (and I’m sure there are other good ones), my fellow builder and I found that sassafras is one of the worst types of woods for dust. It’s a direct toxin and can affect the lungs and heart. Milky mangrove, mulga, poison walnut, sassafras and yew are the only woods in the database that contain the skull and crossbones to denote toxicity and that special precautions are needed. We used a dust mask any time we milled or sanded the bar top. When possible, we used a hand saw and hand planes versus other tools.

Picture 2—The bar was from with ripped 2×4s and screwed to the cypress posts with coarse thread drywall screws. The plywood bottom was also screwed to the framing from below. One side will have space for a mini-keg with open shelves on the other side.

Picture 3—We cut 1”x1” dadoes in each cypress post, into which we slid (actually pounded) the pecky cypress slats.

Picture 4—We bandsawed the corbels out of cypress and predrilled holes for lag screws to mount the corbels to the front of the cypress posts.

Picture 5—This is the sassafras bar top glue up, with the bottom side up.

Picture 6—Sassafras bar top in place temporarily. We still need to drill one or more holes for the beer taps, and probably add shelves to the other side. The bar owner intends to shellac the sassafras top. I will see if I can get a picture of the project after the finish is applied.

Fun project. We built a bar and built a good working relationship too. I’m sure we’ll collaborate on future projects.

Thanks for looking.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!





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ShopTinker

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#1 posted 734 days ago

That’s a great looking bar. That live edge top is going to be really cool.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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StreamDreamer

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#2 posted 733 days ago

Very well done, sir! Inspires me to build a bar for a buddy of mine! Beautiful piece!

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rmoore

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#3 posted 733 days ago

Love the rustic look! Great job!

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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Don W

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#4 posted 340 days ago

That’s a great looking Bar Don. I like the live edge.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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DanaA1972

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#5 posted 266 days ago

Nice!!

-- Dana

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Don Broussard

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#6 posted 264 days ago

Thanks, Dana!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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CFrye

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#7 posted 19 days ago

Nice job, Don. How’s the live edge standing up?

-- God bless, Candy

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Don Broussard

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#8 posted 19 days ago

Actually, pretty well, Candy. We broke a few pieces of the bark off during milling and assembly, but the owner of the piece put several coats of polyurethane over the live edge, and that seems to have stabilized the breakage. Not sure how he prevents damage from friends putting their arms, feet and adult beverages on the edge though.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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firefighterontheside

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#9 posted 19 days ago

Don, that’s a great combination of woodworking and timber framing. It looks great. Tell him I like the design.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Don Broussard

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#10 posted 19 days ago

Thanks, Bill. The 1” dadoes in the cypress posts were done with a Ryobi BT3000 table saw by nibbling the cut. The saw was pretty whipped after cutting those dadoes!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Gene Howe

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#11 posted 19 days ago

Pretty cool, Don. I’ll bet you guys were as whipped as the Ryobi after wrestling those cypress timbers.
Any pics of the finished bar?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Don Broussard

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#12 posted 19 days ago

Thanks, Gene. He and I are getting together this weekend to work on another project. I’ll see if I can snap a few current pictures and post them here.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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