Oak Bar

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Project by James Lango posted 03-20-2014 05:22 AM 1197 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First time using a 2 part epoxy finish (for the top). The bar construction itself was pretty straight fwd. Just build a 2×4 half wall, and layer it out. Oak ply, trim, and true oak beaded panels took care of the rest. Along with ALOT of finish carpentry trim work for mouldings.

I really like the epoxy finish- but I found using it for the first time VERY intimidating! You only have about 30mins of work time. I suggest mixing just a small amt and pour it on a decent sized scrap test piece first. I found you really cant try “brushing it around” Instead I found small plastic 2 and 4” Bondo scrapers worked well.
After years of woodworking, our instinct is to brush it on- but forget that.

Let me tell you its scarey to use, cause you’d hate to have to rebuild a whole bar top just due to a bad finish.

At first I was pretty sad, cause I didn’t get a good even coat in spots, and especially on the outside rails. It dripped weird and caused an “alligator” effect. Deep ripples, and very uneven coverage.

I had to sand and smooth it all out then apply a 2nd coat.
Its a good product that i would use again.

Thanks for looking.

James Lango


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#1 posted 03-20-2014 10:22 AM

Nice looking.

Yes, first time with epoxy is a learning experience.

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

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#2 posted 03-20-2014 01:24 PM

Very nice, great job!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 03-20-2014 01:52 PM

Very nice. I also like your tool cabinet.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#4 posted 03-21-2014 05:24 AM

Very Nice! & Well Done! Thanks For Posting.

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#5 posted 03-22-2014 12:41 AM

A very nice place to rest a pint er 2. Very nice build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 03-26-2014 02:18 PM

Great looking bar! Great solid design, like the oak and finish. Great job!

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