|Project by Lumberpunk||posted 02-06-2014 08:35 AM||2309 views||4 times favorited||12 comments|
Just finished the assembly and first coat of finish for the bar at the new restaurant in town (if you could call it a town). The slabs were 3 inches thick broad leaf maple and came out to 1 3/4 inches after flattening them with a router sled on two 14’ 2×6’s planed. Slabs came out pretty flat. Knocked the ridges off with a jack plane and then lots of sanding up to 400 grit before the linseed went on. The center panel is an old cedar door my boss found at a yard sale for $10. The rest of the panels are 1/2” birch ply stained red mahogany. The trim is 4” maple and is just held on with brads cause of budgetary restrictions, except on the corners where I glued up to pieces to make it look like a post. The bar is supported by a 2×4 stud wall 16 inch centers.
The bar is just over 12 feet wide so my 12ft pipe clamp didn’t reach and I had to use a bar clamp at the end of the pipe clamp and pocket holes underneath, plus some heavy objects on top to stop the clamp lifting the side slabs. I also threw some biscuits in at the joins the help with alignment.
There was some fairly significant cracking at one end of the main slab which got filled with epoxy and some butterfly keys cut from the maple trim scraps, these were way easier to do than expected, used a router for most the work and cleaned up with a chisel.
So far it has linseed on it, to be followed by either and oil based poly, or osmo polylix(?) depending on how the test goes tomorrow.
All in all very happy with the way this one turned out. I learned a lot working with pieces of wood that big and didn’t make too many crazy mistakes, at least none you can see. Nice to get paid and nice to have your work displayed so publicly. We get a lot of people coming through in the summers here.