Recycled Messmate Breakfast Bar

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Project by DanLJs posted 02-27-2014 12:18 PM 1637 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year I had a fairly light year of uni work so I decided to teach myself woodworking by making a deal with my parents, they bought me my tools through the year and I spent 2 months renovating their house to pay them back.

The first stage of the renovation was replacing the bar and table in the kitchen and making a large hardwood breakfast bar which made the kitchen a lot more spacious and it now comfortably seats 6.

The wood is re-milled messmate roofing timber salvaged from houses around Melbourne and it was made mostly with hand tools.

Also a recycled Jarrah floorboard coffee pod holder is in the background which I’ll post later if I get around to it

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#1 posted 02-27-2014 12:34 PM

Very nice craftsmanship, and superb joinery. Looks great.

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#2 posted 02-27-2014 12:43 PM

Thanks, the joinery for the bar was done entirely in the glue up stage by offsetting every second piece so I cheated a little bit there, I’ve just started working on proper joinery skills since discovering how much I enjoy using handtools.

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#3 posted 02-27-2014 03:05 PM

That’s not cheating – That’s just smart! Great job! Really makes the space inviting.

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#4 posted 02-27-2014 06:41 PM

Great looking table

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

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#5 posted 02-28-2014 12:26 PM

Very nice breakfast bar, the wood and finish is excellent…thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 03-05-2014 03:10 PM

Great job on that fantastic breakfast bar. Beautiful wood choice, awesome joints and finish. I’m sure your parents are proud.

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