River of Oak Bar

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 04-03-2013 02:03 AM 1833 views 1 time favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The top of the bar reminds me of a river. It is 2-1/4” thick. 7 feet long and averages 36” wide. Top weighs about 150lbs by itself. The bottom is 2” thick slabs of spalted poplar. The sides have black walnut Danish oil and the front has natural Danish oil. You will notice a roughness to the bottom. The lady that ordered it wanted a rough look. The lettering is routered in on the front. There is a space underneath for a dorm style fridge. Plenty of bottle storage. It’s 42” tall. The whole thing weighs about 300lbs.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 04-03-2013 02:08 AM

WOW! Truely magnificant. The finish is superb; and the rustic look I’m sure pleased her emencely.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 04-03-2013 02:37 AM

Man yeah. That turned out great Monte. I love the shape of the top. It looks like it will kinda curve around the person standing behind. Good job. You have a good eye for knowing how and where to incorporate natural edges.

-- Jay -

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#3 posted 04-03-2013 02:49 AM

Holy Heck Batman! It looks like I need some of your wood and TALENT. I’m not a drinker at all but thats so beautiful I’d have to sit down and have my yearly two!!

-- mike c

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#4 posted 04-03-2013 03:01 AM

Beautiful top ! Nobody will ever be able to accuse you, Monte, of building something flimsily ! My Dad would have approved !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 03:23 AM

Very nice, and super router work on front. It looks like it could hold up a few drinkers.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 04-03-2013 03:27 AM

Now that’s a bar, you sure picked a beautiful slab and man did it turn out nice. The finish is flawless.

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#7 posted 04-03-2013 03:37 AM

Awesome creation Monte…You keep raising the Bar with your rustic creativity…What a beautiful piece of wood.

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#8 posted 04-03-2013 03:38 AM

You’re on a roll now Monte, what a nice bar and I really like the shine finish.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#9 posted 04-03-2013 03:51 AM

Wholly Moly,

150 pounds. Definitely bigger than a box Monte , You have a hydraulic lift for 300 pounds? She’ll love it!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 04-03-2013 04:07 AM

That thing is sweet. Nice job man.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#11 posted 04-03-2013 04:29 AM

Another great piece Monte!!! Keep the live edge inspiration coming mate.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#12 posted 04-03-2013 06:08 AM

WOW! Monte. Beautiful piece. Very well done.

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.

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#13 posted 04-03-2013 07:14 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#14 posted 04-03-2013 07:52 AM

That is awesome Monte! Great job. Love everything about it. The routing logo on the front and the top, really make it pop! Congrats on a job well done

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#15 posted 04-03-2013 12:09 PM

Awesome! Great work, great detail. Overall, I’d give it a 10 out of 10.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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