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RRowe

05:12AM | 05/05/03
Member Since: 02/20/03
17 lifetime posts
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Hello basement bar owners.

I am in the process of building an oak bar in my finished basement. It will be of a raised panel design on the front and sides.

I am not sure what to put on the top. My first thought was more oak plywood. Smeone suggested hardwood flooring. Others have suggested tile, laminate, Corian, etc..

What do you have on the top of your bar? What are the pros and cons of it? Would you do it the same way again? Anyone have any pictures that they could send me?

Thanks!!!


treebeard

02:36PM | 05/05/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
264 lifetime posts
A neighbor had to "lose" a very large oak in his yard last year. It was just about 34" in diameter, but at ther point of the first crotch some 16 feet in the air, it was apparent that ancient storm damage was taking its toll, and the tree wasn't long for this earth. With help of some pros, we got the thing down, and were able to save the bottom as one 15 foot log length. A friend of mine has a saw mill, over 100 years old that he's been restoring over time, but has it presently in working condition to make a little money. With some effort and a log truck, we got the log over to the mill and had the thing milled. One "board" from just about the thickest part of the tree was carved out as one slab about 3 1/2" thick x 32" wide (or so) x about 15 feet long. He's presently got it still drying, slowly, in what he lovingly refers to as "controlled conditions" (yeah, right), and is planning to use the entire slab, as is with a sanded and finished top as a bar surface, bark and all.

Sounds kind of neat. We'll see. We'll see. Admittedly, if it all comes together, it will be rather awesome.

[This message has been edited by treebeard (edited May 05, 2003).]

Jim Fosness

08:18PM | 05/19/03
Member Since: 05/12/03
6 lifetime posts
To be quite honest with you, you can use almost anything to put over your bar top. One bar I have seen used several pieces of very old wood from a barn. Instead of cleaning it up and sanding it down, he left it the way it was and (since this surface was recessed about 1/2") used a self leveling, clear compound that dries rock hard and clear. Unfortunatly, I do not remember what the name of the compound is. I do know that you can get it in most home improvement stores.

Basically, my point is, you can use almost anything as your bar top by using this self leveling compound. From sand and sea shells to beer bottle caps. You name it, you can probably use it as your bar top!!!!

devildog

09:59AM | 07/10/03
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
My father-in-law has a bar and he did what Jim said to do. He gathered pictures and memorabilia from weddings and vacations he had gone on. To this day he still likes the bar and uses it quite frequently for family gatherings.
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