The first thing I did was start planning out the design and layout of the bar. TIP: ALL GOOD THINGS START WITH A PLAN!!!!
I started with laying out chalk lines/tape lines on the floor where I wanted the footprint. Then I transferred those measurements to paper.
Keep in mind this is the footprint I wanted the bar to be MAX. Subtract the measurements from these outer dimensions.
Once I was satified with the dimensions I used AUTODESK Inventor (because I am a student and could use it free) there are many other options to use such as Google SketchUp
and the trusted paper and pencil!
I choose to tackle the learning curve of using a program so I could visualize the project and get approval from my wife not to mention add and subtract things as I was building.
My plan was to use 2x3 pine lumber to make a sturdy skeleton on which I would lay my oak veneer plywood on. After a ton of research I found this to be the best for the tools I had on hand.