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Guide To Building A Bar

It is an easy task to build a bar. Building a bar in a home is a wonderful idea and it can be simple like designating a kitchen cupboard as a liquor cabinet or it can also be more broad such as building a wet bar in the basement which contains all the amenities. This article explains a simple and basic guide to build one’s own bar.

The guide to success is keeping a few simple tips and measurements in mind. A bar will be a perfect centerpiece for parties and social gatherings whether it is attached to a wall or free standing.

Materials Needed
–  Pine boards of 2?x4? for accommodating the size of the bar that is preferred to be built. Studs, corner legs and top framing designed for load should be considered.
–  Facing board
–  Drywall
–  1.5? screws
–  Nails – cut & finish
–  Counter top – any preferred material of choice
–  Wainscoting as desired taste
–  Plumbing materials if accessories are intended

Tools Needed
–  Hammer
–  Stain finish
–  Tape measure
–  Paper
–  Pencil
–  Skill saw
–  Drill with various bits for cutting cable holes, drilling, recessing, screw holes.

Measurements – Getting the right measurements is very important for doing the work effectively. This is mainly correct if a small space is being dealt with. The bar should be laid out so that there is plenty space for someone to walk behind, in addition to half their width again. The preferred height should be within 1 inch of 44?. The distance from the floor to the bar top should not go beyond 45?. A box width should be wide enough for supporting the top. It must be remembered one foot should be allowed for overhang on the patron’s side and an 11? overhang on the side of the bartender. Besides the size of the box, the area behind the bartender should also be considered for easy movement.

Box Building – This step requires building a box for supporting the bar top and other accessories of the bar. The top of the bar should be allowed to reach 45?. If the plan includes cooler or sink areas, this is the time to include them in the floor layout. Every horizontal corner of the box must have triangular 45 degree blocks that are drilled for screws. These blocks are to be installed in horizontal corner places after nailing a rectangular box into shape. The advantage of these corner pieces is that they will help the box to harden. If a longer bar is being preferred for construction, joists and studs should be placed at even intervals for accepting a face coating.

Dressing Out The Box – This stage requires addition of support members to accept coolers, shelving and sinks. A 2?x4? stock can be used but cheaper and thinner stock may be the ideal way to go ahead. As one looks at a dressed out box, it should be considered where the holes will go for valve, electrical cords and drain lines. Although this information would already be going on in one’s mind, now is the right time to work on placing the holes for the selected amenities.

Top Placement – If one intends to make use of wood, select the desired one and cut it to the required size and shape. It can be stained to taste. If a stone top is being used, a box inspection can be called by the manufacturer. This is because the box frame can be believed to be fit for the weight of the stone top.

These were the basic procedures and instructions to build a bar. It can be given a try if one prefers to do it DIY style.

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