I started this design in my head and with some small sketches on a piece of paper and many hours of visualizing and planning.
The tools and skills needed for this isn't much honestly. If you can use a hammer, drill, level, router and a saw your good to go!
The hardest part is going to be getting your angles correct for the 45 degree corner but if you doing a different design it will vary.
I kept this instructable somewhat vague as far as my dimensions so you can see HOW I actually did it. Giving dimensions is OK but every bar is different.
Good luck and enjoy! Shoot me a comment if you have a question and I can add pictures or explain.
Summary of materials:
- 3/4" Oak Veneer Plywood from Lowes.
- Solid oak boards for trim from Lowes.
- Oak Veneer Banding from Lowes.
- Standard wood glue
- Natural Bristle brush (3)
- Tack Cloth
- Minwax Satin Spar Varnish
- 3M Sandblaster Pro Sandpaper
- Screws (drywall is OK)
Summary of Tools:
- Nail Set
- Circular Saw
- Table Saw
- 4 Foot Level
- Router (can use a Japanese saw but would be hard to round the oak trim)
- Measuring Tape
Keep in mind this bar is built for my back room but don't let this stop you! Take your measurments and build a cut list and use the things I go over to build your dream bar!
Step 1: Plan
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.