At long last I’m finally on to the build of the heart and soul of the cave, the bar. It has been a long time coming, but after inviting my dad down to spend a week, I cleared some time to get the bar build underway. Using some plans from http://www.barplan.com, I settled on a 45 degree bar.
Following the bouncing ball with the plans from the internet, I started knocking together the base for the bar out of 4×2 and 12mm plywood.
I salvaged a double sink from the old house that we demolished prior to building the new one with the shed for the cave. Using a cutting disc on an angle grinder I cut one of the sinks out with a small border around it to seat it nicely in some 12mm ply. I then fitted the sink and ply into one side of the bar.
Using the same recycled Jarrah floorboards that I used for the floor, I filled in the top of the counter top of the bar. I used a jigsaw to cut out the surround of the sink, and used some pine for the boarders of the benches to provide some contrast and continue the Jarrah / Pine theme of the floor.
The next step was to hit the counter top with a belt sander to get it all level and also to bring out the distinctive red colour of the aged Jarrah. Once I was happy with this, I used some of the sanding dust, collected from the sander and added to lacquer, as colour matched filler for the gaps in the surfaces.
After drying, I gave the counter top another good sand with the belt sander and also hit all the corners with a router. This was my first time using a router, and for anyone who hasn’t given it a go I highly recommend getting your hands on one. Whilst my skills with the router were minimum, and if you look closely you can tell, it was a great way to finish off the square edges and turn an agricultural finish into a rustic one!
To seal off the counter top I went with a satin-finish lacquer.
Off to a good start with the counter I think, next will be turning my attention to the bar back and the actual bar top surface. Thanks for looking. Cheers, dan.
Great job Dan!
Hey Steve, thanks for the feedback mate! I certainly couldn’t have done it without the outstanding plans and information from your site. When I finally complete the bar top I will post a bunch of photos on barplan.com. Cheers mate, dan