Hopefully, he will finish the basement before I finish all the pieces.
I started with the bar.
I thought my wide boards were sapele, but when I bring them into the sunlight so I can see a bit clearer, and wear my readers, the boards look very close to mahogany, so maybe it is mahogany. bonus for him.
I didnt have enough to make the raised panels, so Im using some of the mystery wood I have. Im hoping someday someone can identify it for me. It looks pretty, so I use it for panels.
The bar will be approx 54 inches wide, with a 60 inch long top shaped in a U. Approx 20 inch depth, the top bar counter will extend a few inches over that in front.There will be a lower counter approx 10-11 inches lower for the bartender to prepare on. Id prefer more, but he is putting a fridge under the bar and I needed to make room for its height.
Next to the fridge, I will put in a small open cabinet with a shelf.
The cabinet will be plywood, everything else is hardwood. Tops, front and sides, all hardwoods.
The only thing I changed in the design last minute was I decided to do all the panels and construction using pocket screws. Yes, pocket screws.
I dont mind mortise and tenon construction, but pocket screws seemed adequate for this project.
I have all the parts cut(no tops yet, there will be alot of hand planing with the big boards, so I have to pysch myself up for that, and sharpen my blade. I own a 3.5 inch electric handheld planer, but Im going to flatten any high spots out with the smoother, as its the only hand plane I own for this job)
ONe thing I got from this build so far, is my panel making is right on par now.
Totally flat panels, and running them through the 22-44 is a nice thing.
Ofcourse, you cant take too much off with the 22-44 at once, so its a slow process, but the machine does all the work. I made the panels 7/8 and let the drum sander handle the rest.
I started to raise the panels, and ofcourse, my feed rate was wrong on one, and I got some bad tearout. I called it a day, had to glue back a piece that actually chipped off the panel, and will fuss with it tomorrow.
I expect to have all the panels and frames glued up by saturday afternoon.
Id continue tomorrow, but, Im embarrassed to say, I have to deal with another injury. I believe I gave myself a torn muscle, bad strain, hernia? when I had a coughing bout this week. I thought it was a strained abdominal muscle, but my wife is concerned, IM angry and ashamed , I hate burdening her with my ailments. She didnt sign on for this, I never expected to have one crud thing after another. I figured Id work through it yesterday and today, but the pain is increasing, so like the torn out panel, I have to deal with this. Maybe my doctor can suggest what to do with the bad panel.
anyway, after the bar, Ill start the stools, then the table to go with the bar.
Heres some shots of where IM at.