Custom Ikea wood bar top

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Project by studie posted 09-22-2013 06:21 AM 4858 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this bar top from Ikea red oak slabs with a nice round front and return side. The wood worked fine without any cutting and finishing issues while cutting the round front and all edges. Was $170 for a 25” x 8’ slab. I welded up a steel frame for support under the slab with support braces capped by scraps from the top. Lot’s o fun routing the underside so the steel frame is flush w/ the bottom of the bar top, no bumping a knee on steel! Finished with many coats of heavy use polyurethane.

-- $tudie

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#1 posted 09-22-2013 07:11 AM

What a great looking counter top. We are building a new house and I would really like to buy some large slabs of Koa to do the same for a breakfast bar. Thanks for the idea regarding the steel bracing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 09-22-2013 12:44 PM

A job well done!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#3 posted 09-22-2013 01:41 PM

Neat, clean and what “curb appeal”. Well done.

-- DonB

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#4 posted 09-22-2013 03:18 PM

Great work, love the supports as well…. Nice finish on this as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 09-22-2013 03:40 PM

Looks great,beautiful colour.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 09-22-2013 03:59 PM

That looks like it will stay put. Thanks for the pics.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 09-22-2013 04:55 PM

Fine Work my Friend (as always!), good to “see” you around!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 09-22-2013 06:25 PM

Wow beautiful job with beautiful wood and it looks like it is not going to move. nicely done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 09-22-2013 07:37 PM

WOW! What a super looking bar top! Well built from what I see in your photos. Should last a life time! Nice work!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#10 posted 09-23-2013 03:09 AM

wow, you nailed it on this one, i love the metal supports underneath, very nice design…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 09-23-2013 06:24 PM

Very well done.
Thanks for posting.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#12 posted 09-25-2013 04:32 PM

Gorgeous and well installed bar top! Like the rounded front and on how you place the support braces. It should last for many generations. Excellent work!

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