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How best to finish a space for entertaining? Grab some stock lumber and specialty molding, and cozy on up to this DIY home bar project.

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Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for If the notion of building a bar conjures fond and fuzzy memories of hammering 2x4s into some makeshift cup stand back in college, terrific. But that experience won''s entirely your call.

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Paint: Valspar''s the 1 last update 2020/07/15 Jacobean.Paint: Valspar''s Jacobean.

Bar-rail molding: Bar-rail profile #375; Dykes Lumber.

Foot-rail assembly: Brushed stainless-steel foot-rail tubing, brackets, and caps; KegWorks.


Steps for Building a Bar:

Step 1

Building a Bar Overview

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Day-to-day Timeline

Prep Day: Build, trim, and assemble the bar''{"":""}''{"":19495284,"":""}''s front and side panels. With a miter saw, cut the 14 framing boards to length; use them to line the panels''re covered.

Step 3

Cut and Attach the Sheathing

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Place the lauan finish-face down, and cut it to size with a circular saw. Apply construction adhesive to the framing and affix the lauan. If your pneumatic gun accepts staples, use it to fasten the sheet along the framing with ½-inch staples; if it doesn''t shoot straight through the lauan.

Step 4

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Place the Corner Stiles

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Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Using a miter saw, cut the 14 stiles and rails to length. For the front corner stiles, shift a 1x4 to overhang the panel edge by ¾ inch, using a block to set the space, as shown. Mark the inside edge of the stile on the panel. Do the same at the back edges of the side panels.

Step 5

Miter and Insert the Molding

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Lay pieces of molding one by one inside the recessed panels created by the stiles and rails, and mark their length. Using a miter saw, cut the ends at a 45-degree angle, then nail each one in place with 1¼-inch nails. Hold off on the pieces alongside the corner rail for now.

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Make the Shelves

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Using a circular saw, cut the two shelves to length. For the bottom shelf, cut a 12 to length and glue and nail it underneath the front lip. Set the shelves in place, and nail through them and into the cleats, which will keep the panels square.

Step 10

Attach Corner Stiles and Clad the Sides

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Now apply glue to the two front corner stiles and set them in place: snug against the rails and overhanging the edges by ¾ inch. Rip ¾ inch off the width of the side corner stiles, since they butt up against the overhanging front pieces. Apply glue to the back and nail them in place. Overhang the stiles at the back of the side panels by ¾ inch, and glue and nail them in place. Hold the top and bottom rails between the side stiles to scribe them. Cut, glue, and nail them in place. Attach a center stile on each side and trim it—as well as the untrimmed corner stiles—as in Step 6. Butt a 12 against the overhanging stiles to finish the side panels.

Step 11

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Size the Bar-Top Base

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To determine the width of the three plywood-base layer pieces, hold a section of bar-rail molding against the long edge of your plywood and snug the 112 oak bar top into the notch. Mark the plywood along the back edge of the board, as shown. Rip two lengths of plywood to this width.

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Install the Base

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Cut one of the plywood lengths into two pieces for the sides that, when flush at the the 1 last update 2020/07/15 back, overhang the front by 6 inches. Arrange them to overhang the sides by 6 inches, too, then measure between them to get the length of the front piece. Cut it to length. Secure the base with 1¼-inch screws.Cut one of the plywood lengths into two pieces for the sides that, when flush at the back, overhang the front by 6 inches. Arrange them to overhang the sides by 6 inches, too, then measure between them to get the length of the front piece. Cut it to length. Secure the base with 1¼-inch screws.

Step 13

Set the Oak Bar Top

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Measure the inside edge of the plywood side pieces and cut two 112 boards to that length. Set them flush with the inside back corners, and measure outside edge to outside edge to get the length of the front 112. It will overlap the seams of the base layer. Cut the front piece to length. Set the boards in place, and use 1¼-inch nails to secure them. Finish the inside edges of the bar top with an oak 12 nailed on edge.

Step 14

Miter the Bar Molding

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Pad out the saw deck with two strips of scrap plywood to fit in the notch of the molding and keep it level. You''{"":""}''{"":19497989,"":""}''s uncut end, and miter the piece to size. Install it by screwing through the plywood underneath with 1¼-inch screws. Miter and cut the remaining sidepieces ¾ inch long to overhang the back of the bar. Finish the back edges of the bar top by cutting a 12 to fit the open notches of the molding with a saw.

Step 16

Attach the Brackets

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On the front wall, mark vertical lines over the nailing blocks, equidistant from each edge. Place the brackets on the marks, and screw through the brackets''{"":""}''{"":19498107,"":""}''{"":""}''{"":66739554,"":"","":"","":true}''c-newsletter_signup_box__title''{"":20780896,"":["",""],"":""}'>

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