The wooden steel bar top.

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Project by schlehrbear posted 11-30-2013 04:57 PM 1676 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to build a bar top by a customer, they said they wanted something different and unique. The person I built it for owns a pretty busy metal fab shop. So I figured what better than a diamond steel bar top made of wood!

I took about a month to build. Everything was made from scratch, the templates for the inlays, the jointer jig for the glue ups ect. The only mechanical element to the top is the 4 screws that hold the mitered corners together, the rest is glue and clamps! It was pretty fun building this top. I had about 5 weeks to finish it. But as usual along the way I ran into many hang ups. The thing that killed me the most was equipment break downs, then after that was sorted out I had a run in with the flu! So in all actuality I had a total of 3 weeks to do this bar. So needless to say I delivered the bar top 48hrs later than originally agreed! But he’s was pretty understanding and over all happy I believe.

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#1 posted 11-30-2013 05:15 PM

Wow that’s cool very creative,nice work.

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#2 posted 11-30-2013 06:37 PM

Looks good man! That is alot to keep in uniform. I’m sure the metal guy digs it.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#3 posted 11-30-2013 06:58 PM

Here is the semi-finished product, I haven’t put the moulding, drip edge, or high gloss on until it acclimates to the atmosphere in his “man cave”.

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#4 posted 11-30-2013 09:52 PM

wow, i really like that – great job!

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#5 posted 11-30-2013 11:46 PM

I imagine I will steal this concept. Great idea!

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#6 posted 12-01-2013 01:02 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!

When It’s Completely Finished it will probably look Real Nice!!


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#7 posted 12-01-2013 02:31 AM

WOW….impressive build. Even my son looked up from the ballgame to look at this…lol Great job

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#8 posted 12-01-2013 02:32 PM

What woods are the top and inlays? Slick idea and cool finished product btw…

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#9 posted 12-01-2013 04:32 PM

The top itself is aspen, and the inlays are random oak. I believe there was appx 90-100 inlays it took a solid 7 days just to get all the positives and negatives in. Then 1/4 way through my bosh inlay kit broke so I had to find another ASAP. Ended up finding one at a local big box lumber yard, then the trouble really started! Had to do a lot of sanding with the new inlay kit.

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#10 posted 12-01-2013 04:46 PM

The aspen was rough cut very twisted and warped, I took the straightest I could find to make it easier on my equipment, I also let it acclimate to my shop about a week before I started which helped it straighten out somewhat. I guess they say aspen is a poplar, well in my book I think this aspen is on the harder spectrum of poplar because it sure gave my table saw and jointer a tough time when I face and edge jointed it. Then I would run into pieces that would practically fall apart in your hands when working them down. I had over 300bf to build this top, and at the end of milling out of that 300bf I ended up going back for more due to the unusable pieces.

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#11 posted 12-01-2013 05:16 PM

Outstanding! Very creative. Well done.

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#12 posted 12-05-2013 04:30 PM

Very cool bar top! Like the unique design of the cool inlays and the solid look. Excellent job!

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